Thursday, 25 February 2010
Southwark Cathedral Lent array
As a contrast to Tapper's work at Westminster here are some pictures of Sir Ninian Comper's Lenten array in Southwark Cathedral, photographed by SarumSleuth. Comper's array is near contemporary with that at Westminster and was added to the cathedral in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The high altar array (above) differs from much other array in it's use of colour, particularly the striking use of copper oxide green for the cross on the dossal and the floriation around the sacred monograms on the frontal.
When it came to the four altars in the retrochoir, Comper stuck with the more usual ox blood red. Comper's Lenten Array is much more delicate and florid than the array produced by others, notably by the Warham Guild.