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A more controversial church, St. Pancras New Church makes a religion out of classical Greece not in the church proper, designed by William Inwood, but in the apse designed by his son, who on a visit to Athens had been smitten. He wasn't the only one, of course: two decades before the church was consecrated in 1822, Lord Elgin lifted the Parthenon marbles. But company isn't absolution, and the figures were said to have significantly advanced London's Gothic Revival. A good thing? Pevsner reports that Pugin, the great advocate of Gothic, stormed about, "resenting the whole church ferociously" (4:349). (Close as the copies are to the caryatids of the Erechtheum, a few details were added, such as the inverted torches to symbolize mortality. Unlike the originals, too, these figures are of terracotta and have iron cores.)

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