Repeat readers will remember my fascination with Anglo-Catholic Baroque church furnisher Martin Travers
, the producer of some remarkable and rather strange reredos, altars and liturgical illustrations
in the 1920s. While essentially an agnostic, he worked for some of the most gung-ho pro-Rome unionists of his age, though sometimes it seemed to come down more to liturgical form than practical reunion. One of his greatest monuments is a singular Latin American-style Churrigueresque retablo in the William Butterfield neo-Gothic church of St. Augustine, Queen's Gate, in London; photographs of this extravagant and wonderfully odd bit of liturgical furnishings have eluded me to this point--but no longer!
First, there is the webpage of the parish itself
, and second, more intriguing, are some shots of a high-church Anglican liturgy conducted at the church about a year ago
. While it is to be regretted that the high altar is no longer used, I'm quite glad to get an up-close look at it. Say what you will about Travers' work, but it's never dull.