Temple Newsam House, Old Testament Prophets from the Jacobean Chapel

Display development in the Red Corridor at Temple Newsam House is about displaying artefacts and features of the very old house, Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. In the 17th century there was a chapel in the basement featuring a pulpit made by Thomas Ventris of York, and several larger-than-life depictions of Old Testament prophets, painted on wood, by John Carleton, in 1636. Incredibly much of this material survived despite the room’s being turned into kitchens in the late 18th century. Six of these Old Testament prophets will be going on display soon in the Red Corridor. Remedial works to the wood and painted surfaces have been underway. A framing and mounting system is being devised in the woodwork studio, something that will give a sense of how they were displayed in the first place. Further update after final installations! A little more history about the chapel and Carleton panels via the link below:

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=b-obLPGz46wC&pg=PA107&lpg=PA107&dq=Carleton+panels+Temple+Newsam&source=bl&ots=CwDLs9HqfB&sig=hMn4j_JcJ_2qIXi_CeuEX08i9Wg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=tf_IUKGwIOak0QWmuoEg&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Carleton%20panels%20Temple%20Newsam&f=false

Posted by Ian Fraser

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