The Reverend J L Petit and the fight to preserve St Mary’s Stafford, Thurs November 28th, 6pm
The Reverend Petit (1801-68), was a nationally famous artist and architectural commentator, who was the leading opponent of neo-gothic for both restoration and new churches in the Victorian era. His art was unfortunately lost for 150 years and is only now being researched and documented. Philip Modiano has recently published a book, Petit’s Tours of Old Staffordshire, including 150 of Petit’s works from across the county organised into 8 tours and including important pictures of St Mary’s from the late 1830s, which were part of his argument against aspects of Gilbert Scott’s planned restoration. The battle over St Mary’s was the first major debate about restoration, 30 years before the Society for Preservation of Ancient Buildings was formed, and the most important. St Mary’s deserves to be much better recognised for this.
In this talk Philip will introduce the Reverend Petit and his heroism in standing against the revivalists, and cover the main points in the battle for St Mary’s. It is also planned to have at the talk 5 of Petit’s pictures which he painted from different angles to capture the character of the old church. His book, will be available to buy and limited edition prints of the pictures available to order with a part of the proceeds going to the benefit of the church.