Pantheons: Sculpture at St Paul's Cathedral (c.1796-1916)

Conference 2021

Worlds of Faith: Sculpture and Faith at St Paul’s Cathedral, c.1796-1916

Date: Tuesday 6 July 2021
Time: 10.30 a.m. – 4.45 p.m. BST
Place: online via Zoom

The conference is free to attend and open to all. Tickets now available via Eventbrite.

The Pantheons project’s first conference is concerned with the intersections of sculpture and various world religions at the cathedral between 1796 and 1916.

The conference will take the form of four respondent presentations followed by three panel discussions.

These panel discussions will be based on questions arising from short, ten-minute presentations by the panellists, available to watch in the week before the day of the conference.

The series of eighteen presentations will be object-focused, on individual monuments or small, related groups of monuments, by key scholars in the field as well as clergy. The papers will be available in advance to watch at your convenience: further details will be posted here and on social media. As you watch, please email any questions you may have for our speakers to, specifying who your question is for: these questions will form the basis of the panel discussions at the conference.

Links to the presentations will be sent out to ticket-holders the week before the conference.

The conference itself will take place on Tuesday 6 July from 10.30 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. BST. The conference will start with a series of four respondents to the papers, followed by your questions being posed to each panel, and a concluding roundtable.


10:30: Welcome: Dr Paula Gooder (Chancellor, St Paul’s Cathedral)

10:40–11:45 – Respondents’ Panel

Chair: Prof. Jason Edwards (University of York)

  • Prof. Caroline Vout (University of Cambridge)
  • Prof. Simon Goldhill (University of Cambridge)
  • Prof. Partha Mitter (University of Sussex)
  • Prof. Dominic Janes (Keele University)

11:45–12:00 – Break

12:00–13:00 – Panel 1: Empires of Faith: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism

Chair: Prof. Jason Edwards (University of York)

  • Dr Sarah Monks: John Bacon Sr. and John Bacon Jr., William Jones (completed 1799)
  • Dr Greg Sullivan (University of York/St Paul’s Cathedral): Sir Francis Leggat Chantrey, Bishop Reginald Heber (post 1826) and John G. Lough, Bishop Thomas Fanshaw Middleton (1832)
  • Dr Cora Gilroy-Ware (University of York): Carlo Marochetti, Captain Granville Gower Loch (1853)
  • Dr Maddie Boden (Ashmolean Museum/University of York): Hart, Son, Peard & Co., Monument to Men Massacred in the Sinai Desert (1882)
  • Katrina-Eve Manica (University of York): Joseph E. Boehm, Major General Charles George Gordon (post 1887)

13:00–14:00 – Lunch Break

14:00–15:00 – Panel 2: Sculpting the Bible

Chair: Dr Amy Harris (University of York/St Paul’s Cathedral)

  • Dr Kate Nichols (University of Birmingham): William F. Woodington, Genesis (1862)
  • Dr Michaela Giebelhausen (The Courtauld Institute of Art): William F. Woodington, Gospel of St Luke (1862)
  • Prof. Jason Edwards (University of York): William Calder Marshall, Book of Job (1863)
  • Dr Marjorie Coughlan (University of York): William Calder Marshall, Gospel of St Matthew (1863)
  • Prof. Jason Edwards (University of York): William Calder Marshall, Righteousness and Peace (1863)

15:00–15:30 – Break

15:30–16:30 – Panel 3: The Victorian Church

Chair: Dr Greg Sullivan (University of York)

  • Rev. Prof. William Whyte (University of Oxford): George Richmond, Bishop Charles James Blomfield (post 1857)
  • Rev. Prof. Peter Howarth (Queen Mary, University of London): Francis John Williamson, Dean Henry Milman (1876)
  • Dr Amy Harris (University of York/St Paul’s Cathedral): Henry Hugh Armstead, Reverend Benjamin Webb (c. 1885-1890)
  • Dr Jasmine Allen (The Stained Glass Museum, Ely): James Powell, Bishop Robert Billing (post 1898)
  • Dr Imogen Hart (University of California, Berkeley): James Powell, Bishop Mandell Creighton (1901)
  • Dr Michelle Foot (Edinburgh College of Art): Henry Pegram, Sir John Stainer (1903)
  • Rev. Dr Ayla Lepine (King’s College, University of Cambridge): Frederick W. Pomeroy, Bishop Frederick Temple (1905)

16:30: Conclusion and Closing Remarks: Prof. Jason Edwards (University of York)

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