The Development of Ecclesiastical Art in Scotland

The Rev J Arnott Hamilton, BD, Ph D, Newbattle

There is an increasing demand for a place of worship which is aesthetically satisfying.  Reformation principles plus the frugality of heritors led to simple buildings with unadorned interiors, although there are exceptions.   Floor plans and furnishings are discussed but, while simple, many buildings possessed a pleasing dignity and harmonised with their surroundings.  The Gothic and Romanesque styles, while appealing, are ill suited for hearing in.  The writer argues for a new Scottish style which involves an apse for the Table, the pulpit to one side, stained-glass and other features such as mosaic, 'opus sectile' panels, and paintings - not just to enhance the buildings but to educate and inspire.  These suggestions are supported by ample quotation of examples in the churches of Europe.

Volume 03 1930-31, p34