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The South Front of Senate House

The South Front of Senate House

Artist and engraver: Malton, Thos.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1799

Shelfmark: K Top Vol. 8

Item number: 68g

Length: 35.2

Width: 50

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the square showing the south side of the University Senate House in Cambridge and to the right Great St Mary's Church. The Senate House was one of a number of designs for university buildings put forward by James Gibbs in 1722. He also intended a registry, printing house and library but only the Senate House was built. It was built between 1722-4 in the new Palladian style. As can be seen in this print it is decorated with flattened Corinthian columns, the windows have alternating triangular and semi-circular shapes, and in the middle are giant columns supporting a pediment. Inside it was one large room without partitions. It is a splendid example of a late perpendicular church and was built from around 1478 and not complete until c.1600. It was intended to be the University Church and as such it had a particularly fine interior.

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