Design for the ceiling of the chapel of the University of Exeter

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Design for the ceiling of the chapel of the University of Exeter

Design for the ceiling of the Chapel at the University of Exeter by Sir Thomas Walter Monnington (1902-1976) © Copyright of John Monnington and family. In the collection of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter.

The Mary Harris Memorial Chapel of 1958 was the last of the group of new university buildings laid out according to a plan of Vincent Harris of 1931.

Perhaps the most striking feature of its interior is its ceiling by Sir Thomas Monnington (1902-76), with its curving interlocking patterns in blues, white and purple. Monnington's series of drawings for the ceiling, including the example shown here, is held by the museum.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum