Walter Thomas Monnington - The Chapel Ceiling

Sir Walter Thomas Monnington

The Chapel Ceiling


Painting on cedar wood


Location: The Mary Harris Memorial Chapel, Streatham Campus

Sir Thomas Monnington was commissioned to design and execute the painted cedar-wood ceiling for the University Chapel which, with his two assistants, took him eleven months to complete.

Illuminated by the light from the clear chapel windows, the effect replaces the usual stained-glass windows.

Thomas Monnington, born in 1902 and a graduate in decorative painting from the Slade School, was an official war artist in World War II. By the time of this commission he was developing a more abstract style.

The Chapel is a Grade II listed building.

Photo: John Melville © University of Exeter

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