Statue of the seated King James I holding two books with the texts 'HAEC HABEO QVAE SCRIPSI' (These things I have written) and 'HAEC HABEO QVAE DEDI' (These things I have given), under a canopy with the text BEATI PACIFICI, The statue is in a niche flanked by a winged figure of Fame and a kneeling figure representing the University. Above him is a statue of Lady Justice, flanked by two allegorical figures.
regnante d. iacobo regvm doctissimo
mvnificentissimo optimo hæ mvsis
extrvctæ moles. congesta bibliotheca
et qvæcvnqve adhv deerant ad splen
dorem academiæ feliciter tentata
coepta absolvta. soli deo gloria.
In the reign of our godlike James, the most learned
generous and excellent of kings,
these buildings were constructed for the service of the Muses
the library was assembled, and all that was
still needed for the splendour of the university
was happily planned, taken in hand, and
completed. To God alone the glory.
- John Clarke,
British sculptor of the 17th century.
Sources & Information
- Philip Opher, Oxford Sculpture (Heritage Tours Publications, 2009).
- Justin Cartwright, Oxford Revisited: A City Revisited
Location (N 51°45'14" - W 1°15'14")
Item Code: gbse140; Photograph: 18 October 2015
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