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Founder's Tomb, Charterhouse

Founder's Tomb, Charterhouse

Photographer: Dixon, Henry (1820 - 1892)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Tab.700.b.3

Item number: 48

Length: 22.5

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"This costly tomb, built mainly of alabaster, was not completed until 1615. The columns and arch shown in the photograph will convey a sufficient indication of the character of the architecture of the Chapel. The tomb is placed in a corner so dark that it needed a great deal of perserverance and all Mr. Dixon's skill to secure a satisfactory negative of his subject. 'The boys are already in their seats, with smug fresh faces and shining white collars; the old black-gowned pensioners are on their benches; the Chapel is lighted, and Founder's tomb, with its grotesque carvings and monster heraldries, darkles and shines with the most wonderful shadows and lights. There he lies, Fundator Noster, in his ruff and gown, awaiting the great Examination Day.' (Thackeray, in The Newcomes)"

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