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NeilsYard
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76 of 93  Thu 11th Jul 2019 2:44pm  
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Ahh yes thanks Helen/Cliff - had not realised he died in 1958
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Prof
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77 of 93  Mon 25th Nov 2019 10:54pm  
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Wearethemods
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78 of 93  Tue 26th Nov 2019 12:01pm  
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When was that taken Prof ?

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Prof
Gloucester
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79 of 93  Tue 26th Nov 2019 12:17pm  
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Sorry Mods I have no idea. Wheatley St school still visible on RH. Edited by member, 26th Nov 2019 12:18 pm
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Earlsdon Kid
Argyll & Bute, Scotland
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80 of 93  Tue 26th Nov 2019 1:08pm  
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From the vehicles and the copper sheeting on chapel roof, which would have rapidly turned green, I would guess fairly close to the consecration date in 1962. There is the shadow of the fleche in the photo which was lowered onto the roof in April 1962.
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Prof
Gloucester
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81 of 93  Thu 2nd Jan 2020 7:14pm  
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Helen F
Warrington
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82 of 93  Thu 2nd Jan 2020 7:19pm  
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It amazes me that they managed to concentrate so much ugly in one building.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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83 of 93  Thu 2nd Jan 2020 8:55pm  
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On 2nd Jan 2020 7:14pm, Prof said:
Eh? Has it been repainted? Oh my
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Prof
Gloucester
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84 of 93  Thu 2nd Jan 2020 10:30pm  
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Well, yes, the colours are wrong, should be green. Anyone oblige?
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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85 of 93  Fri 3rd Jan 2020 10:28am  
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Midland Red has already obliged, some time ago..... in this post of this very topic. Thumbs up
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Prof
Gloucester
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86 of 93  Fri 3rd Jan 2020 7:18pm  
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Thanks Rob for putting this right. I did not remember a full image before being available and of course with MR's super photos the colour is right! Edited by member, 3rd Jan 2020 7:19 pm
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Helen F
Warrington
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87 of 93  Sat 4th Jan 2020 2:32pm  
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I could be wrong but I've a feeling that the Prof's image is from the sketch done to make the tapestry. Perhaps it was agreed before they started weaving that the colour was too grungy?
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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88 of 93  Sat 4th Jan 2020 3:16pm  
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From his book "Phoenix at Coventry" Basil Spence says at the first discussions with Graham Sutherland he said the background had to be muted because of the pinky-grey stone of the interior. Sutherland thought that this colour was a great restriction to the artist. At a further meeting in Paris to discuss dyes etc. Sutherland had thought about the design and had produced a third cartoon. Basil Spence was glad about this as in order to make savings due to contractual price differences he had to change the stone in the interior and substitute a hard pumice like plaster of pure white. This gave Sutherland the colour that he preferred, the bright green and he had to completely recast the colour range. The design of Christ and the surrounding beasts are all different so I think Helen you are correct in saying that it is an early cartoon of Sutherlands.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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89 of 93  Tue 14th Jan 2020 9:27am  
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Following my earlier query, this is JB Shelton, possibly the best image I have seen of him examining medieval stonework unearthed during excavations for the New Cathedral in 1955. Note the lovely Triumph works building that still stood in the background on Priory Street (c) Historic England
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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90 of 93  Wed 15th Jan 2020 11:15am  
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Not your normal delivery - Epstein's Devil being dropped off! (c)Historic Coventry
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