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Roslin Chapel, The Apprentice's Pillar

Roslin Chapel, The Apprentice's Pillar

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868


Item number: 11

Length: 10.5

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

At the south-east end of the chapel, close to the high altar, stands the principal object of attraction in the interior of the building - 'The Apprentice Pillar.' It is so called from a tradition that its model was sent from Rome; but the master-builder, not considering himself capable of finishing it, went to Rome to inspect the original. In his absence one of his apprentices undertook the task, and completely finished it; which so enraged his master on his return, that he struck him with a mallet and killed him. Be the story true or false, this pillar displays much elegance of design and minuteness of carving, as seen in the sculptured wreaths which, in a fine spiral form, twist around it.

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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