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Designs [4 on 1 sheet] for the reredos, two illustrating St Paul in prison, one in twelve sections showing the acts of St Paul, and another showing the conversion of Saul and the martyrdom of St Paul.

  • Object:

    designs

  • Date:

    1990

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cox, Stephen, born 1946 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour.

  • Museum number:

    E.343-1994

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LD, shelf 53

Physical description

Designs [4 on 1 sheet] for the reredos, two illustrating St Paul in prison, one in twelve sections showing the acts of St Paul, and another showing the conversion of Saul and the martyrdom of St Paul. Inscribed in pencil 'where words so secret that human lips may not repeat them' and 'Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?' [Acts IX. 4].

Date

1990

Artist/maker

Cox, Stephen, born 1946 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour.

Dimensions

Height: 38 cm, Width: 53.5 cm

Object history note

The old church of St Paul burnt down on Ash Wednesday, 1984 and Father Seeley, the parish priest, wanted a completely new church in a modern idiom. It was rebuilt in a post-modern style by Peter Inskip and Peter Jenkins, completed in 1993. Stephen Cox was commissioned to design the reredos, altar, font, and the stations of the cross. The initial idea for the reredos depicting St Paul was replaced by a view of the crucifixion from behind, over a map of the Mediterranean world showing St Paul's travels. The altar was made out of porphyry left over from the Foreign Office commission and the reredos from travertine, itself formed of fossilised carapaces of sea creatures, a symbolic link with the skull of Golgotha. The drawings track the design and manufacturing process which took place in Egypt. The worked-up photocopies show the reredos in the setting of the church.

Descriptive line

Designs [4] by Stephen Cox for the head reredos, including St Paul in prison, and one in 12 sections showing the acts of St Paul. Designed for St Paul's Church, Harringay, London, 1990. Pencil and watercolour.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Melhuish, Claire, 'Act of Faith', Building Design, 25 May 1990, p. 24.
Seeley, John, ‘Phoenix Rising, St Paul’s, Harringay’ in Church Building (Summer 1990), p. 45.
‘Clare Melhuish reports on the new church’ in Church Building (Summer 1990), pp. 46-47.
‘Detail: St Paul’s, Harringay by Peter Inskip & Peter Jenkins’ in Architecture Today, 17 (April 1991), pp. 88-89.
Glancey, Jonathan, ‘A temple of simplicity to soothe the soul’ in The Independent, Wednesday 4 August 1993, p. 13.
Dorment, Richard, ‘Putting high art above the altar’, in The Daily Telegraph, Wednesday, August 25, 1993, p. 12.
Maxwell, Robert, ‘Sacred Space: Inskip and Jenkins in Haringey’ in Architecture Today, 43 (November 1993), pp. 36-41.
‘New Church of St Paul, Harringay (GB)’ in Eurozinc (1993), p. 13.
‘St Paul’s Harringay, Review by Clare Melhuish and Michael Jones-Frank’ in Church Building, 28 (July/August 1994), pp. 31-33.
‘Spiritual Elevation, St Paul’s Church, Wightman Road, Harringay, London N4’, in Brick Bulletin (Autumn, 1994), pp. 18-20.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Ecclesiastical architecture

Categories

Designs; Ecclesiastical Art/Craft

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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