Walter Hussey

My study of Walter Hussey, Anglican patron of the arts at St Matthew’s Northampton and Chichester Cathedral, is now in press, and will be published by Palgrave Macmillan this year.

There is an introduction to the book here. The projected structure is:

The Madonna and Child by Henry Moore, commissioned for Northampton in 1944. Image from West Sussex Record Office, all rights reserved.


Chapter 1: Introduction: the last great Anglican patron of the arts ?
WH’s posthumous reputation / Historiographical neglect / The Hussey papers / Why study WH ?

Chapter 2: Formation
Education and the formation of a connoisseur / Curacies / Personality (and sexuality) / The blind spots: religious drama & architecture / The Church of England and art in the 1930s / WH’s theology of art

Chapter 3: Jubilee
Northampton St Matthew (1937-55) / The 1943 Festival at Northampton / George Thalben-Ball / The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Adrian Boult / The first commission: Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb / A fanfare by Michael Tippett / Henry Moore’s Madonna and Child

Chapter 4: Expansion
Musical commissions: Finzi, Lo, the full final sacrifice / Lennox Berkeley, Festival Anthem / Edmund Rubbra / Malcolm Arnold
The poetry: W.H.Auden, Litany and Anthem for St Matthew’s Day / Norman Nicholson
Painting: Graham Sutherland, Crucifixion (1946)
Recitals and recitalists: Kirsten Flagstad
The ones that got away: T.S. Eliot, Igor Stravinsky, John Betjeman

Hussey in the late 1940s. Image from West Sussex Record Office, all rights reserved.


Chapter 5: Networks
The revival in visual arts in the Church of England / WH and the media / WH and Kenneth Clark / WH and George Bell, bishop of Chichester / WH as collector / Previous attempts to bring WH to Chichester / Dean of Chichester (1955)

Chapter 6: Chichester Art
What were cathedrals for, now? / Religious language and the crisis of communication in the Sixties / The art commissions: Sutherland (again) / John Piper / Marc Chagall / Geoffrey Clarke / Cecil Collins / Ceri Richards

Chapter 7: Chichester Psalms
Leonard Bernstein, Chichester Psalms / William Walton, Chichester Service / William Albright / Lennox Berkeley (again) / Bryan Kelly and ‘church pop’ / The Southern Cathedrals Festival / WH and John Birch, cathedral organist

Chapter 8: WH as Dean

Conclusion

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