Religion, Politics, and Renaissance Textiles: Sources for Wall Patterns at All Saints, Jesus Lane

Research on patterns developed by Victorians including G G Scott Jr and G F Bodley from medieval and Renaissance sources has resulted in fruitful work by Michael Hall, Lisa Monnas, and a small circle of textile, architecture, and painting historians who focus on revivalism in modernity. My own work has connected the wall paintings at Bodley’s All Saints, Jesus… More Religion, Politics, and Renaissance Textiles: Sources for Wall Patterns at All Saints, Jesus Lane

Love and Tears: Edward Burne-Jones, Eric Gill, Mary Magdalene

I recently preached in Jesus College, Cambridge’s chapel Sunday Evensong series on the resurrection and the arts. Invited to discuss Mary Magdalene, I decided to do so via Edward Burne-Jones’ The Morning of the Resurrection (1886) and Eric Gill’s The Nuptials of God (1922). Two apparently very different approaches to Mary Magdalene became intertwined in a visual theology of… More Love and Tears: Edward Burne-Jones, Eric Gill, Mary Magdalene

G F Bodley’s Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road

George Frederick Bodley’s last major London church was in South Kensington, on Prince Consort Road. The Bath ashlar façade of Holy Trinity is simultaneously courteous to its neighbours and distinctive, its warm tones contrasting with the brick and Portland stone of Albertopolis that surrounds it. When Bodley was invited to submit designs in 1900, he… More G F Bodley’s Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road

Miracle on Gwydir Street: David Parr House

  In 1887, the painter David Parr purchased a small terraced house in Gwydir Street. Parr worked for F R Leach and Company in Cambridge for decades, and the interiors of Queens’ Old Hall, All Saints Jesus Lane, Jesus College Chapel and St Clement’s church in Cambridge demonstrate the high quality of the revivalist craftsmanship… More Miracle on Gwydir Street: David Parr House

Paying Attention: Cologne, Ushaw and Walsingham

  Across the past 30 days I’ve been to Cologne, London, Durham, Epworth, Clumber Park, Lincoln, Stoneleigh Abbey, back to Cambridge, out to Norfolk (including South Creake, Wells, Castle Acre and Walsingham), and back to Cambridge again. In all those plane, train, and automobile hours I’ve thought a lot about where and how a sense… More Paying Attention: Cologne, Ushaw and Walsingham

Comper at St Ives

In 1894, the vicar of St Ives, Cambridgeshire (then Huntingdonshire) invited a young Ninian Comper to provide a new rood screen and organ for All Saints church. Comper drew inspiration from East Anglian rood screens, the late Victorian medievalist screens by his mentors G. F. Bodley and Thomas Garner, and the organ at King’s College,… More Comper at St Ives