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North-west Transept (Martyrdom)
  • Europe
  • North-west Transept (Martyrdom), late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
  • albumen print
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  • Transfer from the Department of Architectural Engineering
  • Not on display
  • S2015.614

A view of the entrance into the Chapel of Our Lady Martyrdom in Canterbury Cathedral. The gate to the chapel is Gothic in style. There are two bays on each side of the door. Each bay contains a panel on the bottom and open tracery on the top. The base of the gate contains blind panels, which contain a colonette arcade, which is surmounted with dagger tracery elements. This is then surmounted by a quatrefoil design. All of this is then enclosed by a pointed arch. On the upper portion of the gate, open tracery creates a colonette arcade of three arches. This arcade is surmounted by two quatrefoil designs. These two designs, the arcade and the quatrefoil designs, are then enclosed by a pointed arch. This arch is then surmounted with a tall, thin gable with Gothic tracery. The gable contains finials. To the facing right of the gate is a devotional high-relief sculpture of Thomas Becket. Curtains are pulled back to reveal the saint. Corinthian columns frame the sculpture on the sides.