To Mr and Mrs James Byers on their leaving Birmingham for Annan. June 1892.

(Illuminated Testimonial.) MORTON (Edward, Illuminating Artist)

To Mr and Mrs James Byers on their leaving Birmingham for Annan. June 1892.

Description: illuminated manuscript on vellum, 7 leaves, folio (342 x 270 mm), the leaves mounted on linen stubs, written on rectos only, text area 264 x 195 mm, central text surrounded by elaborate borders, each different, heightened with gold, decorated initials on 5 pages, coats of arms, &c, one page with a fine inset vignette of the Broad Street Presbyterian Church in Birmingham contemporary dark blue hard-grained morocco, sides elaborately panelled in gilt, upper cover with title as above lettered in gilt at the centre, spine gilt with a wavy roll tool, gilt inner dentelles, ticket of Edward Morton inside front cover, watered silk doublures and endleaves, preserved in its original hinged oak box, lined with burnt orange velvet, the fore-edge also hinged to allow extraction, with lock, but lacking key

Publication Details: [Birmingham:] 1892

Notes: A fine example of a High Victorian luxury illuminated testimonial. Edward Morton was active from about 1880 till the early years of the 20th century, specialising in this sort of testimonial. Broad Street chapel was opened in a new building, designed by J. R. Botham of Birmingham, completed in 1849. In 1851 there were sittings for 700 and an average congregation of 380. The Sunday evening congregation in 1892 was 150. By 1923 attendances had so declined that there were said to be congregations of no more than 12 in the chapel. In 1924 it began to be used by the Christian Scientists who subsequ...more

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Price: £3,500

Subject: Art & Architecture

Published Date: 1892

Stock Number: 66364

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