Online Lecture: The Mosaics of Westminster Cathedral, by Peter Howell

Online Autumn Lecture Series

Crossing Boundaries: Victorian art, Design and Architecture

We are used to the idea of Victorian architecture, art and design as separate disciplines, with their own historians. But that seriously misrepresents the way that many nineteenth-century architects and designers thought and practiced. They conceived of the fine and decorative arts as part of an architectural whole – a total work of art.

These lectures will boldly break down disciplinary boundaries in a discussion of the use of colour and texture across the whole range of Victorian design and analyses of the important roles played by mosaic, stained glass, embroidery and three-dimensional wall coverings.

The Mosaics of Westminster Cathedral, by Peter Howell

Tue 26 November, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

J F Bentley intended that the interior should be covered in marble revetment and mosaics. He never had any mosaics installed, but he approved the designs for the Holy Souls Chapel by his friend William Christian Symons. Other early mosaics we designed by J R Clayton, Robert Anning Bell and George Jack.

Peter Howell, former Chairman of the Victorian Society is the author of John Francis Bentley (2020)

All attendees will be sent a recording of the talk.

Image: Westminster Cathedral Chapel Holy Souls, detail of mosaics: Patrick Comerford, 2018

Ticket Price: £6
Date: November 20th, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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