A Practical Illuminator

A Practical Illuminator

Church Decoration: a Practical Manual of Appropriate Ornamentation. New York: E.P. Dutton and Company, 1875.

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An anonymous “Practical Illuminator” is listed as the editor of this Gothic Revival style handbook of instructions for the decoration of churches. Illustrations include 16 plates (12 of which are in color) of symbolic, emblematic, and floral design motifs. These motifs were to be translated from the small written page to the much larger painted spaces of plastered or stone church walls and Gothic arch windows, etc. Painting Biblical verses as a decorative element was encouraged and a suggested list of Scriptures appropriate for all the seasons of the church year is provided at the end.

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