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Cambridge Military Hospital Altar

This display attempts to resemble the original layout of Mary Watts’s altar design, in which three decorated panels were divided by four fluted columns. Each column was topped with a highly decorated boss, embellished with alternating leaf and insect designs. Breeze blocks formed the internal structure of the altar, with terracotta panels fixed to the blocks to create the decorative surface.

The following description, possibly written by Mary Watts herself, explains the decoration of the altar: ‘The ALTAR, itself a symbol of the first sacrament and the only one instituted by Christ Himself – carries these symbolic thoughts – The DOVE – the presence of the Holy Ghost The PEACOCK – the hope of ...

gesso on terracotta panel

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