Last evening there arrived in my office a wonderful cache of works by the artist W C Symons, comprising drawings and paintings for mosaics in the Cathedral. Symons was an old friend of J F Bentley, the Cathedral architect, and like him a and fellow convert. In 1899 Bentley asked Cardinal Vaughan that Symons should decorate one of the chapels. The result was the Holy Souls Chapel - yesterday's load includes preliminary sketches (left, below) for the finished altarpiece (right), where a Lamb and Cross are eventually replaced by the scarlet-clad figure of Christ in judgement.
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Althogether, both in terms of showing the evolution of Symons' completed designs, and in furnishing a glimpse ofwhat might have been, this is a fascinating addition to the Cathedral archive.