SCOTT, George Gilbert (1811-1878). Architect.

SCOTT, George Gilbert 1811-1878. Architect (1871)


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Autograph Letter Signed, (“Geo Gilbert Scott”) to “Madam” [Miss Ingelow], 2 pages 8vo, Rooks Nest Godstone, 29 November 1871.

A letter regarding the font that was to be installed in St Mary’s Abbot Church, High Street Kensington, which was designed by Scott and built in 1872.

“If you will kindly send the drawings to Spring Gardens I will endeavour to ascertain what is the best material in which we could have the Font carried into execution for the sum you name. I think I will not trouble you and Mrs Merriman personally till I have accurate information to place before you [. . .]”

The elaborate and imposing font was designed by Scott for St Mary’s Abbot, and in Kensington: Picturesque & Historical (1888) it is described thus: “The font was paid for by a fund specially collected by two ladies of the congregation, Mrs. John Merriman and Miss Ingelow. The old font is incorporated in the design. A canopy and cover were presented in 1881 and bear this brief inscription : — In loving memory of John Merriman from Caroline his wife.”

George Gilbert Scott was the foremost architect of the Gothic revival in England and was responsible for some of the most distinctive works of Victorian architecture, including the Albert Memorial, the Foreign Office, and the Grand Hotel at St. Pancras station. He also did important ecclesiastical restoration work, particularly on Westminster Abbey.

Stock Code: 217568

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