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1857 Excerpt: ... (afterwards James II.), who was willing to have
them ready for the popish service. The alteration narrowed the
building, and broke in very much upon the beauty of the design. Sir
Christopher shed tears in speaking of the change; but it was all in
vain. The Duke absolutely insisted upon their being inserted, and
Wren was obliged to comply. The paintings, 8 in number (by Sir
James Thornhill), represent the principal events in the life of St.
Paul. They are fast decaying, and were never worth much. It was
Wren's intention to have decorated the cupola with the more durable
ornament of mosaic work, but iu this he was overruled. Observe.--In
the choir the beautiful foliage, carved by Grinling Gibbons, and
over the entrance to the choir the inscription to Wren (Si
monumentum requiris, eircumspice), put there by Mylne, architect of
Blaekfriars Bridge. The organ (1694) was constructed by Bernard
Schmydt, the successful candidate against Harris at the Temple. The
golden gallery was gilt at the expense of the Earl of Lanesborough,
the "sober Lauesborough dancing with the gout" of Pope. Addison, in
Spectator No. 50, makes the Indian King suppose that St. Paul's was
carved out of a rock. The Monuments may be divided into two
classes: --monuments to illustrious men, made additionally
interesting as fine works of art, and those only interesting from
the illustrious persons they are designed to commemorate. Among the
works of art, Observe.--Statue of John Howard, the philanthropist,
by Bacon, R.A. (cost 1300 guineas, and was the first monument
erected in St. Paul's); statue of Dr. Johnson, by Bacon, R.A.;
statue of Sir Joslma Reynolds, by Flaxrant, RA.; kneeling figure of
Bishop Heber, by Chantrey, R.A.; monument to Nelson, by Flaxman,
R.A. (the hero's lost arm c...
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