From the main biography page of this site:
world of King's College, Cambridge
Jasper: "And, there was declaiming Milton (1608-1674) and Keats
(1795-1821) from the punts. We were devoted to poetry and parties, and
eventually women broke in a bit. E. M. Forster" (1870-1970) came to
live in King's [College] in 1950 and the rampant snobbery of it all.
'Aren't you going to Morgan's party?' 'Isn't Morgan going to drop by
later?' We set up a club to read papers. I wrote one on
Thackeray (1811-1863). And, there were parties – and invited the Dons.
Foster came. The highlight was when Forster put on a party and read to
us from his unpublished unfinished novel. Not the homosexual one, but
the other. I can't remember its name." Jasper was also in the
circle of the English painter and printmaker Cecil Collins (1908–1989)
and British molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist
Francis Crick (1916–2004).
There is much, much more
about Cambridge on the main biography page...
Above: On the left, Martin
Shuttleworth, Kings College, Cambridge, 1950, Jasper’s dear student
friend (a writer and a poet) who sadly died very young. On the right,
Stanley Woolston, 1952. Jasper’s “favorite person in all of
Cambridge,” who owned an antique shop in Cambridge.
Above: On the left, Mr.
Usborne, Jasper’s Cambridge barber, and Jasper Rose (in the barbershop
mirror), Cambridge, 1953-56. Mrs. Fletcher, a collector of fine
English china, and Jasper’s neighbor at Portugal Place, Cambridge,
Above: A bird’s eye view of
King’s College, Cambridge in 2019, showing the entrance, chapel, and
the River Cam.
Above: The entrance to King’s
College, Cambridge in 2019.
Above: The King’s College
Chapel as seen from a punt on the River Cam.
Above: A side view of the
King’s College Chapel, an example of what Jasper called "great
architecture" at Cambridge. It was built between 1446 and 1515, a
period which spanned the Wars of the Roses. The chapel is an active
house of worship, and home of the King's College Choir.
Above: A view of the ceiling
inside the King’s College Chapel that Jasper so often cited as the
best example of fan vaulting anywhere.
Above: The very top of the
Great East Window of King's College Chapel. The window was constructed from
1515 to 1531. It displays symbols of the English monarchy.
Above: The middle section of
the Great East Window of King's College Chapel which displays scenes
of the Passion centering on the Crucifixion.
Above: The middle section of
the Great East Window of King's College Chapel which also displays
scenes of the Passion centering on the Crucifixion.
Above: On the left, Edward
Morgan Forster, English novelist, short story writer, essayist and
librettist. Many of his novels examined class differences and
hypocrisy, including A Room with a View, Howards End and A
Passage to India. On the right, James Henry Cecil Collins, English
painter and printmaker, who was originally associated with the
Surrealist movement, but came to have a mystical outlook on art and
was influenced by the prophetic writings of William Blake and by
American artist Mark Tobey. In 1947 Collins published his book The
Vision of the Fool, in which he explained his philosophy of art
and life. He attacked the "great spiritual betrayal" of the modern
world, an "the betrayal of the love and worship of life by the
dominance of the scientific-technical view of life in practically all
the fields of human experience." He believed that the artist, together
with the poet and the saint, are "the vehicle of the continuity of
that life, and its guardian and his instrument is the myth and the
Above: On the left, Francis
Harry Compton Crick, British molecular biologist, biophysicist, and
neuroscientist. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1962 was
awarded jointly to Crick, James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh
Frederick Wilkins "for their discoveries concerning the molecular
structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information
transfer in living material," specifically the double-helix structure
of DNA. Crick called his residence on the Portugal Place alleyway in
Cambridge “The Golden Helix,” and displayed a yellow DNA sculpture
above his front door. Crick’s wife Odile was an artist whose original
sketch of DNA's double helix became a symbol of modern molecular
biology. Francis loved poetry. While Jasper was employed by King’s College to teach, he also
lived very nearby on Portugal Place.
Above: Top left Odile
Crick in 1956. Bottom left an invitation (drawing by Odile) to a studio party on June 1,
1962 at Francis and Odile Crick's residence on Portugal Place. Party
guests were given a pencil and a sketch pad to draw a reclining nude
model. As the evening went on, the party progessed to dancing and drinks. On
the right is Jasper's portrait of Odile. Did Jasper and Jean attend the party?
Above: Francis Crick sends
his regrets (in a mass mailing).
Above: Map of the location of
the Portugal Place alleyway (near St. John’s College, Cambridge) where
Jasper lived while he was a teacher at King’s College.
Above: The beginning of the
Portugal Place alleyway at Bridge Street in Cambridge. St. Clement’s
parish church (parts constructed in the 13th Century) is on the
corner, but there very few residences in that section. Most of the residences start
after the alleyway takes an angular turn as seen on the map above.
Above: Looking down the
alleyway at the residences on Portugal Place, where Jasper lived while
he was a teacher at King’s College.
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