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Gloucester Cathedral, The Hanging Arches

Gloucester Cathedral, The Hanging Arches

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1866


Item number: 10

Length: 10.8

Width: 8.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The Choir is one of the richest examples in England; and although its lines of ornamentation are thrown out in every direction like those of a spider's web, the complication is really the effect of perspective, since, when reduced to drawing, the lines form a simple geometrical figure.

The Tower vaulting is much higher than the roof of the Nave, and admits of a window in the west wall of the tower, with niches carrying brackets for figures on either side. The light arches which cross the main arches of the tower, north and south, and which look like pieces of carpentery in stone, do not in reality support the vault which rests securely on the wall behind. Unless some resting place was provided, the builders must have allowed the capital to hang down to a level with the others without anything to support it. The Hanging Arch was contrived to obviate this defect. 'All this appears characteristic of a school of masons who were extremely skilful, and glad of an opportunity of showing themselves such, as a modern engineer likes to carry his railway through a chain of mountains when he has a plain valley before him.'"

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

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