Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000

Church and Patronage in 20th Century Britain

Walter Hussey and the Arts

Authors: Webster, Peter

  • First critical study of Hussey’s work and life, one of the most significant figures in Anglican artistic patronage
  • Explores how the Church of England met, resisted and negotiated with forces of cultural change in the arts and in the religious life of the nation
  • Makes extensive use of Hussey’s papers to explore the relationship between patron and artist in the twentieth century
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This book is the first full-length treatment of Walter Hussey's work as a patron between 1943 and 1978, first for the Anglican parish church of St Matthew in Northampton, and then at Chichester Cathedral. He was responsible for the most significant sequence of works of art commissioned for the British churches in the twentieth century. They included music by Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein and William Walton, visual art by Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and Marc Chagall, and poetry by W. H. Auden. Placing Hussey in theological context and in a period of rapid cultural change, it explores the making and reception of the commissions, and the longer-term influence of his work, still felt today.

As well as contributing to the religious and cultural history of Britain, and of Anglo-Catholicism and the cathedrals in particular, the book will be of interest to all those concerned with the relationship between theology and the arts, and to historians of music and the visual arts.

About the authors

Peter Webster is an independent scholar and consultant, and owner of Webster Research and Consulting. He has published widely on the history of the Church of England in the twentieth century. His study of Michael Ramsey, archbishop of Canterbury, was published in 2015.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Church and Patronage in 20th Century Britain
Book Subtitle
Walter Hussey and the Arts
Authors
Series Title
Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-36910-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-36910-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-36909-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 256
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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