Radcliffe Camera, sunset in Oxford
Radcliffe Camera, sunset in Oxford.
The heart of the university and its greatest architectural jewel, the Radcliffe Camera (or 'Rad Cam') was built between 1737 and 1749 from a design by James Gibbs. The building, with one of the largest domes in Britain, is named after Dr Radcliffe, the Royal Physician at the time, who put up all the money for its construction. The Camera housed scientific books until a separate Radcliffe Science Library was founded near the University Museum in 1861; Theology, History and English Literature are the principal subject areas for the books kept in the building at present.