Merton College, Oxford
The medieval colleges of Oxford University were a natural setting for Pre-Raphaelite activity. Most of "Mariana" (1851) was painted in Oxford and was inspired by the stained glass in the Chapel of Merton College. The garden glimpsed through the window is said to be that of Thomas Combe.
Adjacent to the hall, the Fitzjames arch has signs of the zodiac.
Merton College's astrolabe is engraved "Lat.52.6/m Oxonia" and was made around 1360 for use in Oxford. It was probably bequeathed to the College by Simon Bredon.