The Medieval Writer’s window, The Great Hall at The University of Sydney

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The Medieval Writer’s window, The Great Hall at The University of Sydney

Subject

Author, canopy, Education, Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400), Gothic Revival, Great Hall, James I of Scotland (1394-1437), John Fortescue (1394-1476), learning, literature, medieval, neo-gothic, New South Wales, NSW, Quadrangle, Stained Glass, Sydney, The University of Sydney, university, university buildings, window, writer

Description

An image of one of a series of colourful and elaborate figural windows with trefoil heads created especially for The University of Sydney by the London firm of Clayton & Bell (c. 1859-60). The window depicts three well-known medieval writers: Geoffrey Chaucer (l), the jurist John Fortescue (c), and James I of Scotland (r). Each of the three figures is fully ‘canopied,’ a self-conscious nineteenth-century ‘medievalism’ that lends an ecclesiastical dignity to the overall composition. The Great Hall at the University of Sydney is functionally a place of assembly, and its appearance is strikingly similar to the choir of a medieval church. The Hall is designed to invoke the ambience, seriousness, and sense of achievement of the great medieval seats-of-learning established at Oxford and Cambridge. The collection of windows gathered within its walls is one of the finest anywhere in Australia, and encompasses a variety of themes, including those of learning, patronage, royalty and corporate endeavour.

To view this and other stained glass windows from the Great Hall and Quadrangle, see: http://sydney.edu.au/senate/Quadrangle_decorative_features_stained_glass.shtml

Creator

White, David

Date

Unknown

Rights

© David White (photo)

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Citation

“The Medieval Writer’s window, The Great Hall at The University of Sydney,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed May 23, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/772.