Art and the Reformation

Art and the Reformation

Art and the Reformation

Art and the Reformation

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This volume has grown out of Lowell Lectures delivered at Boston, Massachusetts, in the spring of 1923. It is now dedicated, with hearty gratitude, to those who did so much to lighten my burden of work in America, and to send me home with a still firmer belief in the future of that country. They will accept the book, I hope, as an honest attempt to get at ancient realities which are separated from us by a wider and deeper gulf than the Atlantic, but which can be grasped in their essence, even as transatlantic friendship can be reached, by good-will and patience and hard work.

These things seem small and undistinguishable,
Like far-off mountains turned into clouds,

and one man may guess aright, while another guesses wrong; but all have it in their power to pass, if they will, beyond the stage of merest guess-work.

In England, the book owes most of all to Professor W. R. Lethaby, who has not only taken the trouble of looking through my proofs, but has also helped me with invaluable advice and encouragement. I must further record my sincere gratitude, for very generous help towards the illustrations, to Mr. C. Symonds of Over and my elder daughter; to Mr. S. Smith of Lincoln, Mr. E. M. Beloe, Mr. A. Thomas Loyd, Mr. A. Gardner, Professors S. H. Reynolds and Theodore Spencer . . .

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