George Pyne St John’s College Cambridge Old Chapel


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George Pyne St John’s College Cambridge Old Chapel

George Pyne (1800-1884)

St John’s College, Cambridge, The Old Chapel

Signed G Pyne 1850


35 x 23 cm (13.5 x 9.5 in.)

A particularly interesting view of St John’s College’s Old Chapel before its demolition – scroll down for more information.

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Sir George Gilbert Scott was commissioned to build a new chapel for the College which was consecrated in 1869. The old chapel – which dated back to the mediaeval hospital of St John which had previously stood on the site – was thus demolished.

Three items in this view may be seen in the new chapel. The lectern, which was given to the college shortly before the new chapel was built, and was incorporated by Gilbert Scott (although recently placed in the ante-chapel). The stalls, which were transferred, together with the construction of new stalls to provide the additional seating required. Finally, the picture over the altar which is the Deposition from the Cross by Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)which hangs in the ante-chapel.


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