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Jim Thunder

Jim Thunder

Jim Thunder holds a BA in theology and government from the University of Notre Dame; an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia (thesis: Aquinas on Marriage), and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of over 250 publications in law, public policy, history, religion and is a great-great-grandson of Pugin. Thunder is a Life Member of the Pugin Society, Ramsgate, UK and has spoken and written about Pugin for 25 years.

Pugin’s Illustrations of Newman’s <em>Lives of the English Saints</em>
Pugin’s Illustrations of Newman’s Lives of the English Saints

Two major pieces of literature on Augustus Welby Pugin (1812–1852), the renowned Gothic Revivalist and Catholic convert who designed Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, six cathedrals, and more, state, in summary fashion, that Pugin illustrated St John Henry Newman’s Live of the English Saints. The late Professor Margaret Belcher, however, provided a great deal of detail on this subject in the second volume of her The Collected Letters of A.W.N. Pugin, published in 2003. This essay republishes, for the first time since 1914, all eleven of Pugin’s illustrations and does so for the first time ever in a single document.

Jim Thunder
Jim Thunder
November 14, 2023
13 min
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National Institute for Newman Studies