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The Gothic Revival and Design

John Rutter: Delineations of Fonthill and its Abbey
(London: 1823) Sp Coll q63

Fonthill Abbey: Interior of King Edward's Gallery. Looking across the Octagon into St. Michael's Gallery
Drawn by C. F. Porden; etched by John Cleghorn; engraved by Robt. Havell & Son, Chapel Str. Fitzroy Squ.
Plate 6
(Published JUne 2, 1823, By J. Rutter, Shaftesbury)

a magnificent apartment, embellished with a masterly and unsparing hand, superbly furnished, the ceiling covered with carving, and the walls nearly concealed by the ample and duplicated curtains of deep blue and scarlet.
This gallery has been designed for the purpose of commemorating the names of those individuals of Mr. Beckford's ancestry, who have been honoured with the illustrious knighthood of the garter. The number and rank of these persons, their historical and chivalrous fame, would add lustre to any genealogy.
Edward the Third, the founder of the order, and after whom this Gallery is named, occupies the place of honour, over the alabaster chimney piece, in the centre of the aprtment: the portaits of six royal and most distinguished knights are placed three on each side; their arms and badges being emblazoned in stained glass on the opposite windows. In the frieze of the cornice, which surrounds the room, seventy-two gartered shields contribute to give this part of the decoration an appropriate and unusual richness.
The lofty windows to the west admit a strong influx of light, which, when the scarlet curtains are drawn, sheds a general and magical tint over every part ... (pp. 33-34).

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