London Volume 5

London Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...its communion-table. Bride Church, with its most beautiful of steeples, and its sumptuous though not very accurate copy, in stained glass, of Rubens's great picture, the Descent from the Cross, has a fine but not in any way remarkable interior; we may therefore pass it with a brief notice of the eminent men who have been interred in the old or in the existing structure; such as--Wynken de Worde, the assistant and successor of the great printer whom Pope, in his Dunciad, when describing the altar raised by Bays for the immolation of his unsuccessful writings, thus mentions--"There Caxton slept, with Wynken by his side. One clasp'd in wood, and one in strong cowhide: " Sir Richard Baker, author of the ' Chronicles of the Kings of England, ' who died in distress in the neighbouring Fleet prison; Nicholls, the author of the ' History of Leicestershireand above all, Samuel Richardson, with his wife and family, the illustrious rival of the Fieldings and Goldsmiths. Bow Church is perhaps, of all the buildings we have mentioned, the most distinguished for breadth and grandeur of effect. It is an adaptation from Wren's favourite classical authority, the Temple of Peace, at Rome. Among other peculiarities, the happy mode of introducing the galleries may be noticed. The memorials of the dead are numerous here, and include a large marble monument by Banks, to Bishop Newton, with an inscription, in which is the passage--" Reader, if you would be further informed of his character, acquaint yourself with his writings." As to the tower of Bow Church, that object of universal admiration for its beauty may challenge equally universal attention to its history, which is so full of matter that we almost hesitate in our limited space to refer to more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236607430
  • 9781236607430