A wonderful gift yesterday, as a generous donor has given us two images of Cardinal Manning for Clergy House. The first is a contemporary marble bust, from his Anglican days, when he was Archdeacon of Chichester.
He was a fine looking man, in his youth, although he became rather 'skeletal' in his old age.
The second is an interesting picture of him as Archbishop of Westminster, and looks as though it is painted from a photograph. I have had several queries about the colour of his robes - and recall that Bishop Challoner, a century earlier, also wears a grey mozzetta. I am not sure if this is a custom of English clergy before more recent times, and would be grateful for any information about it.
Cardinal Manning, of course, never knew Westminster Cathedral or the Clergy House; he did purchase the site, but rather than proceed with the construction of a Cathedral, preferred money to be spent on relief of the poor - particularly in building a network of catholic schools. His residence, however, was nearby, in Carlisle Place.