George Pyne Jesus College Cambridge Chapel Watercolour

George Pyne Jesus College Cambridge Chapel Watercolour

George Pyne Jesus College Cambridge Chapel Watercolour

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George Pyne Jesus College Cambridge Chapel watercolor
George Pyne (1800-1884)
Jesus College, Cambridge, Chapel
Signed G Pyne 1856

The chapel was founded in 1157, taking eighty-eight years to complete, as the chapel of the Benedictine Convent of St Mary and St Radegund. Jesus College was founded in 1496 and the following dissolution of the convent the college took over the precincts. Two-thirds of what had been the nave were replaced with College rooms. During the reformation, the chapel was reordered several times, according to the prevailing taste and state religion, and the eighteenth century saw major restoration in order to add the fashionable Classical features.

Between 1846 and 1849 the Chapel was again restored, reversing earlier adaptions and introducing the fashionable Gothic Revival taste. That most-fashionable of Victorian Gothic revival designers, Augustus Pugin, was appointed by the College. Replacing the 18th-century plaster ceiling with a 13th-century style high-pitched roof, and replacing the 18th century Perpendicular east window with three tall lancet windows that reflected a much earlier design. Norman windows were discovered in the north wall which was preserved as recessed arches, and Pugin installed stained glass windows to his own design in 1850. A full choral service on All Saints Day 1849 heralded the reopening of the Chapel, and Pyne visited in 1856 to record the newly-refurbished chapel in this watercolor. Later, in 1867, William Morris undertook a splendid redecoration of the ceiling.


W24.0 x H34.0 cm



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19th Century


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