Theology Directing the Labours of Science and Art

John Cassidy (1860-1939)

Installed, 1898

Shawk stone

Entrance hall of the John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester

John Archer describes this group of three life-size figures as closing the view in the entrance hall "like a reredos" (Archer 99). Such a description would scarcely have pleased Mrs Rylands, who had objected to Cassidy's original idea of having the three figures "in a line ... too much like the statues one sees in a cathedral" (qtd. in Wyke 68). However, there is some truth in it.

Photograph reproduced by courtesy of the University Librarian and Director, The John Rylands Library, the University of Manchester. Many thanks. Text and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee, Associate Editor, the Victorian Web. [Click on the image for a larger picture; commentary continues below.]