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Gloucester Cathedral, Choir, Looking West

Gloucester Cathedral, Choir, Looking West

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1866

Shelfmark: 10370.cc.35

Item number: 8

Length: 10.8

Width: 8.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The Choir of Gloucester Cathedral is a magnificent example of pure perpendicular character, and, with its organ-screen, extends to the first column in the Nave. On either side of it are thirty-one stalls, with rich canopies, and seats of very grotesque sculpture, the most remarkable of which are two knights playing at dice, a knight running a tilt, a forester killing a stag, and a knight cutting off the head of a giant. The canopies of the stalls are executed with consummate nicety, and exhibit a most beautiful specimen of florid Gothic or tabernacle work...

The Choir is said to have been cased and vaulted by Abbots Staunton and Horton between 1337 and 1377. Their work must also have embraced the lower portion of the tower, since there is no break in the vaulting, and is of the same character throughout."

Descriptive Letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery'

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