"The New Debating Room at Oxford." London Times 1.22,883 (6 Jan 1858), 7.

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The Union Societies’ new debating-room, situate near the Star Hotel, is rapidly approaching completion. The structure is from the designs of Mr. Woodward, architect of the new Museum, in the Parks, and will, when the decorations are finished, be a masterpiece of art. Some of the first artists of the pre-Raphaelite school are and have been for some time past engaged in adorning its walls with paintings on subjects from the cycle of Arthurean romance. Among the members of the University and others who give their gratuitous services are D. G. Rosetti [sic], the Rev. John H. Pollen, formerly Fellow of Merton College, Senior Proctor in 1851, and a seceder from the Church of England to the Church of Rome; William Morris, B.A., Exeter College; and E. Jones, B.A., Exeter College, &c. The subjects are as follows:–King Arthur receiving the Sword Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake–J. H. Pollen, M.A.; Sir Palamides, Jealousy of Sir Tristram, and the fair Isulte–W. Morris, B.A; Merlin allured into the Pit by the Lady of the Lake–E. Jones, B.A; Nimue bringing Sir Peleas to Ettarde after their Quarrel–V. Prinsep; Sir Launcelot asleep before the Shrine of the Sangreal–D. G. Rosetti [sic]; and the Corpse of Arthur conveyed by Weeping Queens to Avalon–Arthur Hughes. The paintings, owing to the beauty and variety of colouring, have a most imposing effect. At present no one is admitted to the building excepting those having actual business.


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