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Crucifix

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Market Avenue
Town:Chichester
Parish:Chichester
Council:Chichester District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:PO19
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Object setting:On building
and in:Religious
Access is:Public
Location note:Above the main doors into St. Richards Catholic Church
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:140
Grid reference:C8
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Name : Philip Lindsey Clark
     Role:Sculptor
     Qualify:and
Name : Michael Clark
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Bishop Langton-Fox (at the church 1959-1965)
Construction period:1962-1963
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Catholic Church of St. Richard, Chichester.
Object listing:Not listed
Building listing:II
Listing date:13/11/2007
Description:A large crucifix set above the entrance door of the church. The crucifix is set against a striking window in Loire glass depicting Mary, Queen of Heaven.

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Religious
Object type1:Cross
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Full-length

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Object Parts

Part 1:Crucifix
     Material:Bronze
     Height (cm):300
     Width (cm):200

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:01/05/2007

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History

History:'The last chapel I visit is dedicated to St Joseph and is dominated by a magnificent statue of the saint by the sculptor Michael Lindsey Clarke, who was responsible for the figures of the saints over each doorway in the courtyard, and for the statue of Our Lady in the piazza. His father, Philip Lindsey Clarke, one of the country’s foremost sculptors, was also responsible for the sculpture of the Scapular Vision and many others. In describing the statue of St. Joseph, Michael Lindsey Clarke declared that he wished to portray St Joseph with his feet firmly on the ground, giving an impression of stillness and dependability.'
(referring to the Aylesford Priory shrine: 'Shrines of Our Lady in England')

'In partnership with Adrian Gilbert Scott, Fr Malachy conceived the idea of the open-air shrine and he gathered craftsmen and artists to help him. Outstanding among the artists were Adam Kossowski, who made the ceramics, and Philip Lindsey Clark and his son Michael Clark, both sculptors. Fr Malachy described The Friars as ''a prayer in stone''.'
(referring to the Aylesford Priory shrine: http://www.thefriars.org.uk/history.htm)

The crucifix is set against a striking window in Loire glass depicting Mary, Queen of Heaven. The sculpture was commissioned by Father Langton-Fox who worked in the parish between 1959 and 1965. The piece, in bronze, was sculpted in 1962/1963 and is approximately 300 cm high. This beautiful church achieved a Grade II listing on 13 November 2007, primarily because it has 62 composite and single panels of Loire glass, one of the largest collections in Britain. These were also commissioned by Langton Fox in 1962. He had close links with Chartres, which is twinned with Chichester and is the home of Loire glass.
Hard archive file:Yes

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'The Shrines of Our Lady in England'
     Type:Book
     Author:Vail, Ann.
     Date:00/00/2004
     Publisher:Gracewing. Leominster.


Further information:
http://www.thefriars.org.uk/history.htm

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Date: 01/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 01/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 01/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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