1896 Print over 100 years old Temple Church


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Antique print dated 1896.

The page is over 100 years old and in good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it
within a bespoke frame and mount.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. Available also in a brown with gold pencil-line frame, your choice.  RL.63.

Entitled – Temple Church.

Below the picture an inscription reads:

Temple Church. – The mail-clad effigies on the pavement of the “Round” of Temple Church are not monuments of Knights, but of “Associates of the Temple,” persons only partially admitted to the privileges of the powerful Order.

A staircase in the wall leads to the triforium of the Round Church, where may be seen, packed away like lumber, the greater part of the clumsy monuments that one disfigured the walls and columns below.

In this strange museum, Lord Chancellors, Councillors of State, learned Benchers, Barons of the Exchequer, Masters of the Rolls, Treasurers, readers, poets, and authors, jostle each other in dusty confusion.

Opening upon the stairs leading to the triforium is a penitential cell, measuring 4ft. 6in. by 2ft. 6in.,  with slits towards the church through which the prisoner, unable to lie down, could still hear mass.

In the above view we see the fine Early English interior of the choir of Temple Church.

The roof of the choir is painted with arabesques, and is lighted by a large east window.

The organ was built under perculiar circumstances.

At the latter end of Charles II.’s reign the Benchers resolved to have the best organ in London;  the competitors for the building of the instrument were Father Smith and one Harris.

Both erected an organ.

Drs. Blow and Purcell were employed to show the powers of Smith’s instrument, and Battista Draghi, organist to Queen Catherine, performed on Harris’s.

Immense audiences came to listen, and the competition lasted a year, during which period there was much nefarious bellows-cutting.

At length Lord Chief Justice Jefferies decided in favour of Smith.

Part of Harris’s rejected organ was erected at St. Andrew’s, Holborn, and part at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

If you buy an item and then see it relisted this is because we occasionally have more than one available, each page is
original and not a photocopy.

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