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Baptismal fonts, volume 1

Reference code
Baptismal fonts, volume 1
Level of description
Extent and format
1 volume
Scope and content
Depictions of early fonts from different parts of England, especially (but not exclusively) from Buckinghamshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Sussex, Wiltshire and Yorkshire. There is very little material from Devon and Cornwall and Wales, and only five fonts from Scotland are represented. Most of the fonts are found in parish churches but there are also depictions of fonts – their form and decoration – from Hereford and Winchester cathedrals. Many hand-drawn and coloured sketches are annotated with the place and date that the font was recorded. People are often depicted beside the fonts and sometimes workmen’s tools are shown leaning up against them, possibly to show scale. The fonts are usually depicted in their setting either inside the church or in churchyards. There is also a page of handwritten notes about inscriptions.

Media include printed illustrations of fonts (engravings and drawings), printed texts about certain fonts taken from books and journals which have been glued into the album, handwritten notes, hand-drawn sketches tinted with watercolour captioned with place names and dates.
Jones, Edward (fl 1800s-1850s)
Archival history
Two bookplates on front pastedown:
*one of the Society of Antiquaries, London, with a handwritten note saying the album was presented to the Society by Albert Way, 4 March 1869
*one showing St Michael slaying the dragon with the name Michael Jones set either side of the heraldic shield below the figure of the saint.