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Amiens Cathedral

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TitleAmiens Cathedral
ArtistFinnemore, Joseph (British, 1860-1939)
Colored etching
Dimensions20" x 14"

Catalog NumberUC1
LocationB.D. Owens Library


Senior class gift 1914. Finnemore was born in Birmingham, England, in 1860 and was a painter was well as a printmaker. The Cathedral of Amiens in France was started in 1220 with the façade built between 1225 and 1236 although the upper stage of the taller tower was not built until the early 1400s and is in the Late Gothic Style. 

This etching and the one by Brewer were the first original art works to be senior class gifts.  Prior to this the senior gifts had contributed plaster casts of famous sculpture to the young college's collection. One of the earliest of these was the cast of a portion of the Parthenon frieze that still is above the small windows on the stairway landing over the main (south) entrance to the Administration Building. This was the gift of the Senior Class of 1914, nine years after the founding of the institution.