Bishop Knight's Monument, Wells Cathedral


John Carter’s sketch of Bishop Knight’s monument in Wells Cathedral is found in one of the 20 volumes of his works in the British Library’s collections (Add MS 29925-29944) containing drawings of antiquities drawn from life between 1764 and 1817. The sketchbooks exhibit Carter’s passion for the Gothic, something that he expounded in measured surveys of cathedrals, articles and publications as well as in his topographical drawings. Carter’s works became an inspiration for advocates of the Gothic, including A. W. N. Pugin and William Burges.

The inscription at the bottom of this drawing reads ‘North View of the Monumental Chapel of Bishop Wm Knight on the South Side of Wells Cathedral, who lies buried under a marble at the entrance, died Sept 29th 1547. Cop[ie]d for R. G. Esqr’. ‘R. G.’ is Richard Gough (1735-1809), a fellow antiquary and one of Carter’s patrons. Carter made drawings to help Gough in his research for Sepulchral Monuments (2 volumes, 1786 and 1796). A third volume, covering the 16th century, was never completed.

Full title:
North View of the Monumental Chapel of Bishop Wm Knight on the South Side of Wells Cathedral
Pen and Ink
John Carter
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Add. MS 29926, f.76

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