King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom


David Roberts (1796–1864, Scotland)

Gothic paintings

David Roberts was a Scottish landscape painter, known for a prolific series of detailed lithograph prints of Egypt and the Near East that he produced from sketches he made during long tours of the region (1838–1840). These and his large oil paintings of similar subjects made him a prominent Orientalist painter. He was elected as a Royal Academician in 1841.



Well, Allegri’s Miserere mei, Deus was sung sublimely by the choir at King’s, and the solo treble resounded through the vaulting like the voice of an angel. Here is a recording from a number of years ago of the same piece being performed at King’s- obviously not at all the same as being there (especially as in this video the choir is all clumped together rather than dispersed throughout the chapel), but still worthwhile.

The rest of the service was filled with more extraordinary music: Atkins’s setting of Psalm 102, Palestrina’s Magnificat quarti toni, Victoria’s Nunc dimittis tertii toni, Bach’s “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden”, and one of my favourite hymns- “Forty Days and Forty Nights”. But I was most moved by the organ piece being played when I first turned up; it wasn’t listed in the services booklet, so I’ll have to contact the Chapel and ask what it was.



King’s College Chapel.

Lavender and I in the King’s College Quad.

Devin may or may not have stolen a cobblestone that was loose from this college.

Being lions outside the Fitzwilliam Museum, which had a lot of awesome art,including Degas, Renoir, Pissaro, Delacroix, Rodin and a study for Sunday Afternoon on the Island La Grande Jatte.

Dorms at Corpus Christi College, where Christopher Marlowe studied.

Bicycles everywhere.

Late afternoon punting on the River Cam.

Flowers everywhere, in February.

St John’s College. People go to school here.