The collections gathered here reflect the work of Professor Arthur De Smet, his love of photography and Medieval church architecture in England. They provide overview images of both the exteriors and interiors of cathedrals and parish churches. In addition, there are numerous close-up photographs of both sections and individual features of these historic buildings. The viewer can study every aspect of building techniques and ornamentation from the specific periods.
De Smet’s collections have been used for teaching in the History Department and formed the basis for four series of lectures given for the Department of Continuing Studies. History professor Lee Wandel has noted, “His [De Smet’s] collection will allow students to work closely with visual materials and, I hope very much, to refine their own skills in visual analysis.”
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