St Paul's, Valletta, looking towards the font

The apse and font at St Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral. William Scamp. 1839-44. Valletta, Malta. Photograph, caption and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2010. [You may use the recent images 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.]

Round the apse can be seen "the blue and gold panels of Crown brocatelle, produced by Warner & Co. for use in Westminster Abbey at the coronation of George VI" (Shortland-Jones 4-5). The six pilasters were fluted, carved with tulips, and gilded at a later date too, so the interior must originally have been quite austere — providing "a striking contrast with the baroque Roman Catholic Churches" (Grech 48) found throughout Malta. The font is the one presented in 1844 by John William Bowden, a Tractarian and close friend of Newman, though its canopy was a post-war addition. Church records show that the first infant to be baptised at the font was the daughter of Scamp and his wife Harriet, born in April 1844 and appropriately named Adelaide.


Shortland-Jones, E. A. St Paul's Pro-Cathedral, Valletta. Valletta: Beck Graphics, 2000.

Grech, Jesmond. British Heritage in Malta. Sesto Florentino (Fi): Centro Stampa Editoriale (Plurigraf), 2003.

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