Keble is an architectural phenomenon and the architect Butterfield ranks as one of the great 'originals' in British architectural history along with with Hawksmoor and Mackintosh. His work is central to the Gothic Revival and his genius was for colour, for abstract geometrical pattern, for endless invention in polychromatic form. Keble Chapel is impressive and has a splendid acoustic for choral music. The south facing side chapel accessible to visitors contains Holman Hunt's famous painting 'The Light of the World.' This famous Pre-Raphaelite painting was donated to the College in 1872 by the widow of Thomas Combe, Printer to the University, on the understanding that it would hang in the Chapel. Butterfield was opposed to the notion, and made no provision in his design. So when the Library opened in 1878 it was placed there, and was only moved to its present position in the 1890s when, Butterfield having refused, another architect, J T Micklethwaite was assigned to design the side chapel.
Holman Hunt was so incensed at the treatment of his painting that he painted a 'duplicate' which hangs in St Paul's Cathedral - its accessibility has meant that it has become better known than the original at Keble!