Wells Cathedral West Front: Construction, Sculpture, and Conservation

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Sutton, 1998 - Architecture - 298 pages
Wells Cathedral West Front forms the most important gallery of 13th-century carving in northern Europe outside France. The earliest Gothic building in Britain, it has a seminal place in architectural history. The major conservation programme, carried out 1974-1986, pioneered techniques of conservation for the preservation of the almost 300 medieval sculptures of the west front. From 1980 to 1985 the author worked alongside the conservators and masons preparing record drawings and reports on the sculptures, photographing and recording the discoveries which were made in the course of the conservation. Out of this emerged a clear picture of how the facade was constructed and how it looked when the medieval paint was still fresh - a great screen alive with colour - and of how and when repairs were made over its 700 year history.

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Introduction
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construction
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the sculpture
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