Beauvais
(Oise, France)
Saint-ìČtienne
Surveyed: 1977, 1980-83, 2003, 2011, 2015
This is an experimental section where John James is attempting to identify the carvers though the use of common templates and/or a recognisable manners of carving. Such a large-scale analysis of all the capitals in these buildings has not been attempted before. As an ongoing enterprise that is still in its infancy, we seek your input. John believes this has the potential to increase our understanding of how they worked and to provide a more solid basis for dating than we have had.
Choir, now replaced, the lower courses of east and north walls of transepts built with choir, with south ahead of north
First nave bases together as first bays and west wall of transepts have keel shafts that start above the clerestory corbels, showing joint with earlier work in the choir; the detailing of corbels may be compared with Bury and Cambronne.
North nave aisle interior coursing shows that the first bay of the nave aisle was built with the bases of the north door in WN2-n aisles, though not with the capitals nor the other sculpture, and even if only the jambs had been in place, the doorway would have given access into the nave, if under a lean-to roof.
Nave first bay arcade and capitals
South transept walls and capitals though many courses higher than the adjacent nave aisle the similarity and unadorned carving suggest may have been carved and built by the monks themsleves; from here on outside professionals were used
North door to arches, which were just below aisle capitals and a 9-course joint to west of door down to lower courses of pier
North aisle capitals, start of vaults
North transept clerestory and into first bay of nave.
Nave aisle 3-5 with vaults 2-4 was followed by transept upper walls and vaults.
North rose after transept clerestory string, though there is uncertainty as there has been considerable adjustment around the NE3 clerestory capital, on the otheer hand the underside of the rose seems level with nave clerestory and there is nothing in the stonework around the rose that would indicate that it had been inserted and was built with the N2 vault that is supported over its encasing arch.
Nave gallery and clerestory 2-5 though north a little ahead of south.
Transept corbels for rib vaults, bosses
Base nave south aisle bay 6 to west and w.s door up to left capital.
South nave 6-7 capitals and right side w.s door, with these aisle vaults.
West nave gallery and clerestory
West central portal
Nave high vaults 1-4


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