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Excerpt from The History of Our Lord, Vol. 1 of 2: As Exemplified in Works of Art; With That of His Type; St. John the Baptist; And Other Persons of the Old and New Testamant
A few words must especially be said upon the order of the Work. In the short programme left by Mrs. Jameson, the ideal and devotional subjects, such as the Good Shepherd, the Lamb, the Second Person of the Trinity, were placed first; the Scriptural history of our Lord's life on earth next; and, lastly, the Types from the Old Testament. There is reason, however, to believe, from the evidence of what she had already written, that she would have departed from this arrangement. After much deliberation, I have ventured to do so, and to place the subjects chronologically. The Work commences, therefore, with that which heads most systems of Christian Art - the Fall of Lucifer and Creation of the World - followed by the Types and Prophets of the Old Testament. Next comes the history of the Innocents and of John the Baptist, written by her own hand, and leading to the Life and Passion of our Lord. The abstract and devotional subjects, as growing out of these materials, then follow, and the Work terminates with the Last Judgment.
In the number of subjects treated, also, I have deviated from the programme, though chieﬂy in adding to them. My excuse, if needful, is that having taken monuments of Art for my guidance, I have simply followed their teaching. Still, I am desirous to explain that this Work comes before the Public with no pretension to completeness, but, rather, with the avowal of very great inequality of description and illustration. One deficiency, of which I may anticipate the notice, consists in the comparative omission of the mosaics in the early Roman churches, the history and representation of which have been so thoroughly given by well-known writers as to induce me to seek my examples in less-worked mines of Art.
I take this opportunity of expressing my obligations to the gentlemen in various Art departments of the British Museum, especially to Mr. Carpenter, Mr. Holmes, and Mr. Franks; also to the Hon. Robert Curzon, Dr. Rock, Mr.
Robinson, and Mr. George Scharf; and to Mr. Stewart, of King William Street, to whom I am especially indebted for the assistance afforded me in the use of early and valuable works.
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