Choir screen at Winchester Cathedral. Sir George Gilbert Scott. 1875. Oak. [Choir Screen in situ]. Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2009. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]
Winchester Cathedral was listed in The Builder as one of the twenty-nine cathedrals on which Scott worked, but Scott himself explained that he did very little here. He was called in twice about the screen, at first declining the project for fear of "altering old work," but finally deciding it was safe to make some adjustments (he talks about the "opening out of the screen," 352). Scott also designed the monument to Bishop Samuel Wilberforce in the south transept, with an effigy sculpted by H. H. Armstead. Although Scott based his designs on earlier ones, his work here was criticised at the end of the period — the screen partly just for "the pallor of its wood" (which must have darkened now), and the monument with its Gothic canopy for being "out of place in its Norman surroundings" (Sergeant 50, 68).
Scott, Sir George Gilbert. Personal and Professional Recollections, ed. G. Gilbert Scott. Ed. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1879. See Chapter 8.
Sergeant, Philip W. The Cathedral Church of Winchester: A Description of Its Fabric and a Brief History of the Episcopal See. London: George Bell, 1903.
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