New College Gardens, Oxford, 27 July 1848
View showing the gardens of New College Oxford.
Behind the trees are church spires, most likely those of St Peter in the East which stands to the south of the college. The college was founded in 1379 by William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, who wanted to resolve 'the fewness of clergy, arising from pestilence, wars and other miseries'. Its purpose was to take students, particularly from Winchester School, and train them as clergymen and administrators.