In a message dated Tue, 26 Jun 2001 1:54:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
<< Dear David,
many thanks! You seem to have settled the question of why he called the
interior "Ionian white and gold." Yes, by the way, the pentelic marble used
by the Greeks actually is a very brilliant--your word--white.
Now for the style of the capitals. A separate piece that sits on the top of
the column is called the capital. If the capital is decorated with flowers,
that's Corinthian. If it's plain, that's Doric. If it has a volute (a kind of
scroll), that's Ionic (or Ionian).
There's a picture of an Ionic capital at this url
Maybe you'll be able to print it out.
If it's still hard to tell, here are the two contingency plans.
A) Pick up any pamphlets or brochures that the church has for visitors. They
B) Ask any personnel of the church on the premises whether the columns are
Ionic. You might be lucky and hit a person who knows.
C) Another plan--tell the church personnel to find out the answer if they
don't know. Tell them you're doing research for (ahem) Professor Loucks, and
he plans to lavishly thank anyone who assisted, in the intro to his
Seriously, we're down to what the top of the column looks like, and I think
you'll be able to tell if you either print out the picture from the above url
or copy it, even crudely, if you can't print it out.
If perchance it's some odd ball capital that doesn't seem to fit into any of
the three categories I've described, then tell us what it looked like, as
best you can. But I have a strong feeling, at this point, that it's going to
be Ionic, with the scroll (volute).
This is so good of you to do this! I'll be glad to return the favor. If you
ever want to know what anything in New York looks like, from the Brooklyn
Bridge to the World Trade Center, please don't hesitate to let me know.
In a message dated 6/26/01 12:04:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
[log in to unmask] writes:
I haven't been looking at the lsit for a while so sorry if
this thread is dead. My office is a couple of doors down
from St Magnus Martyr so I just had a look. Interior is
brilliant white with gold trim. There's a series of
columns that could well be Ionic, though I'm not
enough of a student of architecture to be sure -I'll
research more and let you know.
When I have time I'm going to put up some Eliot's
London pictures on my own site - I'll post to the list
when it's done
On my visit to Magnus Martyr on September 29 a few years ago (1994 or 1995), they were renovating/restoring the interior--it should be even more impressive. They have a little booklet with a picture on the front cover and Eliot's quote, to which you are alluding, under it. As I recall, the columns are Iornian, and I definitely recall the white and gold. There were lots more interesting details, as well. And the Verger, Leonard Pierce, was very helpful, informative, and friendly. He took us downstairs to see things that were in partial storage during the renovations. Then, since our visit coincided with St. Michael and All Angels day, a visiting priest celebrated Mass--the parish (and the church building itself) is (are) small and located in a business district, so there was no full-time priest at the time. Things may have changed, but I doubt it. Anyway, I will try to remember to double-check my little booklet and my dissertation notes when I get home, so I can confirm that th!
e columns are indeed Ionian.