Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, Purchase, Winfield Foundation Gift, 1965
Not on view
The Oxford botanical garden was founded by Henry Danvers, Early of Danby, in 1632 (1573–1644). It was situated south of Magdalen college on land formerly used as a burial place for the Jews. In 1622, Danvers conveyed five acres of land to Oxford University for the encouragement of the study of physics and botany. In 1631 an agreement was reached between Danvers and Nicholas Stone for its construction. In 1632 the first stone was laid. It is generally agreed that the gateway was constructed by Nicholas Stone after designs by Inigo Jones.
Inscription: On cornice:  GLORIAE DEI OPT. MAX HONORI CAROLI REGIS IN VSVM ACAD & REIPVB; on frieze:  HENRICVS COMES DANBY DD. MDCXXXI
Sticker on underside: GATEWAY OF / THE BOTANICAL / GARDENS AT / OXFORD