20th century
Eastern Rose Window, Oxford Cathedral

Pen and Ink, signed bottom right and dated ‘1/1/44’ bottom left
Image size: 6 1/2 x 5 inches (16.5 x 13cm)


This sketch depicts the Rose Window from Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford.

Officially known as Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford’s diocesan church is unique in many ways and a bit of an anomaly amongst English cathedrals, being not only one of the very smallest of the older foundations but also the only cathedral anywhere to also serve as a college chapel (a strange and not entirely easy marriage of roles to the uninitiated visitor as this feels more a part of Christ Church College than the mother church of Oxfordshire Diocese).

The Rose Window sits above the altar in the chancel, created in a botanical style the window features ten petals around the central glass. The east wall with its rose window was redesigned in the Victorian restoration by George Gilbert Scott to replace a large window (a later insertion) that had filled the entire space. The cathedral restoration, which started in 1870, was Sir George Gilbert Scott’s most important restoration in Oxford.