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Destruction in the Cathedral: A study day to mark the arrival of Thomas Johnson’s ‘Quire of Canterbury Cathedral’

Monday 11 March, 11:15 – 17:15 (Doors open at 10:45)

This study day marks the acquisition by the Cathedral under the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu Scheme of the painting by Canterbury artist Thomas Johnson (c.1628-85) of the ‘Quire of Canterbury Cathedral’, dated 1657*.

This is the earliest known depiction of the Quire and is rare for portraying iconoclastic acts actively underway. This study day will place the painting into its immediate and longer-term context, considering histories of iconoclasm but also survivals at Canterbury Cathedral.

Papers will be given by specialists in the fields of medieval and early modern history and the history of art, including Prof Rachel Koopmans, Dr Emily Guerry, Dr David Rundle, Prof Ken Fincham and Prof Jackie Eales.

Full programme to be announced shortly.

The painting will be on view during the day. Delegates are welcome to attend our Evensong service at 17:30.

£30 per person, including refreshments and sandwich lunch.

Spaces are limited. Please book by emailing archives@canterbury-cathedral.org

*From the collection of W D Caroe. Accepted in lieu of Inheritance tax by HM Government from the estate of Mary Caroe in 2023 and allocated to Canterbury Cathedral.

Pricing Information

£30 per person, including refreshments and sandwich lunch.

Spaces are limited. Please book by emailing archives@canterbury-cathedral.org