Schultz, Robert Weir & Barnsley, Sidney Howard

The monastery of Saint Luke of Stiris, in Phocis, and the dependent monastery of Saint Nicolas in the Fields, near Skiprou, in Boeotia.

London, Macmillan & Co Limited for the Committee of the British School at Athens 1901.

Reference: 15405
Price: £340 [convert currency]

Full Description

Folio. xii + 76pp, colour frontis., 60 plates (of which 13 colour, others photo or measured drawings), 48 text ills. Publisher’s copy. Ink ownership inscription of Kenneth F.Gibbs, Aldenham 1905, also early twentieth century bookplate of St.Albans Cathedral Library (the Cathedral Library has confirmed to us that the book is not a recent loss from their holdings, and it was evidently de-accessioned at some point in the past). A good copy.

A good copy of this authoritative and well-illustrated monograph on the great eleventh-century church of Hosios Loukas in central Greece, regarded by the authors as one of the most perfect surviving examples of the architecture of its date. Schultz and Barnsley had been fellow pupils in Norman Shaw’s office, where they had acquired from their mutual friend W.R.Lethaby an interest in the architecture of Greece and the Near East, and after a preliminary tour in the region in the late 1880s they returned to Greece in 1890 to make a systematic study of the architecture and interior decoration of the surviving churches of the Byzantine period. Their book is based on notes, drawings and photographs taken at that time. The present copy initially belonged to the Rev. and Hon. Kenneth Francis Gibbs DD (1856-1935), one of the 27 original subscribers to the funding for Schultz and Barnsley’s research who are named in the volume’s preface. Gibbs was later to be appointed Archdeacon of St.Albans, and evidently gave his copy to the cathedral library there.