This update is all about discovery. As I have mentioned before, my days are rarely planned and I never know what I’ll be dealing with when opening correspondence, unwrapping a parcel or answering a call. This was certainly true last week, when the Caretakers called me to have a peek at what they’d discovered, in the attic of Deans’ Hall.
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The canvasses were painted by and were a gift to the school from Sir John Leslie and feature in the list of Chapel gifts, formally dedicated in February 1898. Sir John had no connection with the school. They were taken down from the Chapel walls in 1926 but no details were recorded, certainly not in the school news pages, of their place of storage. Discovered ninety-two years later, they are now a cause for investigation and a decision about their future. I will keep you updated. Unusually for the magazine articles, there is no record of the subject matter and if anyone can help with this, then please do get in touch.
They unfurled two large, thirteen feet in length, canvasses of religious scenes. I didn’t squeal, well barely, as I recognised (from pictures) the framed artwork that used to hang in the School Chapel. The black and white photograph shows them in situ in 1923.
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