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King's College Chapel 58o

King's College Chapel 58o

Engraver: Havell and Son (3 Chapel Strt. Tottenham Court Road, London)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1816

Shelfmark: K Top Vol. 8

Item number: 58o

Length: 44.7

Width: 34.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the interior of King's College, Cambridge. It is a magnificent example of a late medieval Royal Chapel in the Gothic Perpendicular style. It was built between 1446 and 1515 and can be compared to other chapels built in the same period at Westminster Palace, Eton College and Windsor. In this print the interior seems very long and tall. The elaborate fan vaulted roof is a particularly striking feature. It was built by the King's Master Mason John Wastrall between 1512-1515. After 1508 the style of the building became much more elaborate with decorative roses, portcullis, fleur-de-lys and heraldic beasts in contrast with the original intentions of Henry VI for a restrained chapel. The interior has decorative wall panels and rich stained glass windows.

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