Professor James Stevens Curl
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Church History, Co. Armagh
The funerary monuments and memorials in the Church of Ireland (Anglican) Cathedral Church of St Patrick, Armagh, include fine works by celebrated sculptors including Bacon, Chantrey, Farrell, Marochetti, Nollekens, Roubiliac, Rysbrack, and others, yet are not widely known. Professor Stevens Curl’s book describes and illustrates all of them, providing information about the artists and their subjects, thereby filling an unaccountable gap in the literature.
Funerary monuments in churches often add richness and interest to interiors, and in this respect Armagh Cathedral is no exception: its collection of memorials deserves proper recognition. This is the rationale for Professor Stevens Curl’s study, which provides for the first time a comprehensive guide to these remarkable survivals, some of which are world-class in terms of excellence.
PROFESSOR JAMES STEVENS CURL has held Chairs in Architectural History at two universities, has twice been Visiting Fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Societies of Antiquaries of London and of Scotland, a Member of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, a Member of the Church Monuments Society, and Joint Patron of the Mausolea & Monuments Trust. Now in his eighth decade, he has established an international reputation for impeccable scholarship, lucidity of style, and thorough investigations in little-charted waters.