Monday, May 27, 2013

St. Chad's Church, Kirkby

Built 1869-71 by the design team of Paley and Austin, this church replaced a mid-18th century Georgian chapel.

Henry Holiday's 1898 opus sectile reredos of The Last Supper was executed by Salviati. It is surrounded by Pre-Raphaelite angels and virtues, and it is very similar to one Holiday designed a decade earlier for St. Stephen's Church in Philadelphia.

It is also reminiscent of the design by Clayton and Bell, which can be found in numerous places, including the reredos in Westminster Abbey. An original painting of The Last Supper by Albert Bell sold at auction in 2011 for over $20,000.

Studio International Art, Volume 46 (1909), p. 107 on Wikimedia Commons
British Listed Buildings
Nikolaus Pevsner and Richard Pollard, “Victorian and Edwardian Developments,” in Lancashire: Liverpool and The Southwest, Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006), 95-96.
The Church of England in Kirkby
Steve Wallace's flickr Photostream
Joe Neary's flickr Photostream

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