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A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany (v. 3)

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Pages: 268

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Thomas Frognall Dibdin

Excerpt from book: be amused with a sight of them. They are probably of the date of 1370, and will remind you strongly of similar ornaments in the margins of missals and of other MSS. of the same period. I arrange them just in the order that happens to suit my convenience : but the series here transmitted is complete. The common people call this series the Sabbath of Demons, or the Dance of the Witches. You are to know, however, that on the opposite side of the cathedral there is a series of figures, of the same size, and executed nearly in the same style of art, descriptive of scriptural events, mixed with allegorical subjects. Of these I hope also to receive drawings. Having now pointed out what appeared to me to be chiefly interesting in the exterior of this marvellous building, it is right that I give you some notion of its interior: which will however occupy but a short portion of your attention. Indeed—I grieve to speak it — both the exterior and interior of the nave are wholly unworthy of such a magnificent west-front. I had scarcely set foot upon the pavement of the nave, when I almost retreated... with disgust and indignation. At What ?—methinks I hear you exclaim. Listen. Would you conceive or believe it ?—the fine massive clustered columns which support the roof, nine in number on each side, are nearly concealed by a quantity of tapestry, of the recent date of 1739, hung in parallel lines, facing each other—across the shafts of these very columns! The whole has in consequence the air of a bettermost rag, or slop shop—and such common place stuff as this tapestry is composed of! But let me be methodical. The nave and choir together are about three hundred and fifty-five English feet in length : of which the nave is two hundred and forty-four—evidently of too scanty dimensions. The wid...  


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