Church and Patronage in 20th Century Britain

Walter Hussey and the Arts

  • Peter Webster

Part of the Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700-2000 book series (HISASE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Peter Webster
    Pages 1-15
  3. Peter Webster
    Pages 17-47
  4. Peter Webster
    Pages 49-84
  5. Peter Webster
    Pages 85-118
  6. Peter Webster
    Pages 147-186
  7. Peter Webster
    Pages 187-211
  8. Peter Webster
    Pages 213-226
  9. Peter Webster
    Pages 227-236
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 237-256

About this book


This book is the first full-length treatment of Walter Hussey's work as a patron between 1943 and 1978, first for the Anglican parish church of St Matthew in Northampton, and then at Chichester Cathedral. He was responsible for the most significant sequence of works of art commissioned for the British churches in the twentieth century. They included music by Benjamin Britten, Leonard Bernstein and William Walton, visual art by Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and Marc Chagall, and poetry by W. H. Auden. Placing Hussey in theological context and in a period of rapid cultural change, it explores the making and reception of the commissions, and the longer-term influence of his work, still felt today.

As well as contributing to the religious and cultural history of Britain, and of Anglo-Catholicism and the cathedrals in particular, the book will be of interest to all those concerned with the relationship between theology and the arts, and to historians of music and the visual arts.


Walter Hussey Benjamin Britten Leonard Bernstein William Walton Henry Moore Graham Sutherland Marc Chagall W. H. Auden Church of England Chichester Cathedral Anglican Parish Church of St Matthew Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Webster
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ScholarChichesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-36909-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-36910-9
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