Oxford Physic Garden with Jacob the Elder
For the Kingdom of England, the study of botany came into its own in the year 1621, thanks to an endowment to the University of Oxford by Lord Danvers (Earl of Danby) for a Physic Garden, although the garden was not completed until 1632 due to cost over runs and the “troublous times through which the country was passing.”
The Earl appointed German-born Jacob Bobart (Jacob the Elder) as the care taker after the garden was completed. A catalog of plants was published in 1648, enumerating the 1600 species of plants in cultivation at the University Physic Garden. The publication was anonymous, but it is presumed that it was prepared by Bobart. Upon the death of Jacob the Elder in 1679, the garden was entrusted to Jacob Bobart the Younger.
The illustration depicts Jacob the Elder at the gateway of the University Botanic Garden. From the book: Makers of British Botany (1913).