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The Font - Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral by Sir Frederick Gibberd

The Font - Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Artist: Sir Frederick Gibberd

Rubbed Indian Ink
696 x 527mm
27.5 x 30.75ins

The geometric scale drawing for the font is rendered in rubbed Indian ink. The font was made from a solid block of white marble in the form of a drum. Two bowls were required. One, the smaller, for baptismal water, the other to receive the water spilled on the infant. As two unequal bowls would have left large areas of marble top and also dictated the position of the child, this solution of placing one bowl within another was devised. As the drawing shows, a shallow trough surrounds a central, deep bowl for the holy water. The font cover is a dished lid made of silver plated brass. The photograph gives a view of the font set within the circular baptistry as seen from the nave - the sliding gates to the baptistry partially closed.






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