Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
The life, studies and works of Benjamin West, Esq. president of The Royal Academy of London
Person:
Galt, John
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1662038
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1664912
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certainly desirous of seeing the churches adorned 
with the endeavours of art, 
and would 
deem 
it 
the greatest glory of his reign to be distinguished, 
above all others in the annals of the kingdom, 
for the progress and successful cultivation of the 
arts of peace. 
at But, 
His 
said 
when I reflect," 
Majesty, 
how 
the 
ornaments 
of 
art 
in 
the 
churches were 
condemned 
at 
Reformation, 
the 
and still more recently in the unhappy times of 
Charles the First, It am anxious to govern my own 
wishes not only by what is right, but by What is 
prudent, in this matter. If it is conceived that 
I am tacitly bound, as Head of the Church of 
England, to prevent any such ornaments from 
being introduced into places of worship; or if 
it be considered as at all savouring in any de- 
gree of a popish practice, however decidedly I 
may myself think it innocent, I will proceed 
n0_ farther in the business. But, if the church 
may 
be 
adorned 
with 
pictures, 
illustrative 
of 
great events in the history of religion, as the 
Bible itself often is with engravings, I will gladly 
proceed with the execution of this design." 
Little else passed at this interview; but he 
requested the churchmen to examine the matter
        

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