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.
(Published JUne 2, 1823, By J. Rutter, Shaftesbury)
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 ...