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Green Templeton College | Oxford

John Radcliffe Statue

A bronze statue of Dr John Radcliffe has been unveiled on the south lawn of the Radcliffe Observatory.

To celebrate the tercentenary in 2014 of Radcliffe’s death the Ashmolean Museum, with finance from the Radcliffe Trustees, commissioned Martin Jennings to make a larger-than-life-size bronze sculpture of Radcliffe to stand in front of the focal point of College.

John Radcliffe (1652-1714) was the most successful physician of his day, doctor to William and Mary and to Queen Anne. At his death in 1714 the bulk of his fortune was left to his Trustees for charitable purposes. This has been used for three iconic Oxford buildings: the Radcliffe Camera, the Radcliffe Infirmary in Woodstock Road, and the Radcliffe Observatory. 

Martin Jennings is one of Britain’s most eminent and best-loved sculptors. His recent work includes John Betjeman in St Pancras Station, George Orwell outside Broadcasting House and Charles Dickens in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. Green Templeton is especially proud to give a home to this first major statue in Oxford by this distinguished Oxfordshire artist, which adds to a sundial by Jennings that is situated near the Woodstock Road entrance. 

The statue is inside the College grounds but it is also visible from the corner of the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. A bronze maquette of the statue will be displayed in the Ashmolean Museum from 25 September.