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Saint Luke, The Patron Saint of the Worshipful Company of Painters

Saint Luke, The Patron Saint of the Worshipful Company of Painters

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A brief volume of biography of Saint Luke the Apostle concentrating on the tradition of his being artist. With a list of the works believed to have been done by him.
A brief volume of biography of Saint Luke the Apostle concentrating on the tradition of his being artist. With a list of the works believed to have been done by him.

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Saint Luke, The Patron Saint of theWorshipful Company of Painters,otherwise Painter-Stainers
 by Walter Hayward Pitman, Citizen and Painter-Stainer,Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society
Introduction
Dedicated by Special Permission to the Master, Wardens,
 
and Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Painters, otherwise Painter-Stainers.In presenting
 An Account of the Life and Works of Saint  Luke
to by brother Liverymen of the Painter-Stainer'sCompany, I desire to ask their kind forbearance for venturing to undertake such a task. I can claim to possess nospecial qualifications for it; the subject, indeed, is one thatdoes not permit of original information, but only of researchand enquiry. Saint Luke being the patron saint of the
Company
, personally I was desirous of being acquainted withreasons which would justify us in claiming for our professionthe high honour of Saint Luke's attachment, and also of learning some details concerning those pictures which areclaimed as his handiwork. Believing that the results of aninvestigation would also be a matter of interest to themembers of the Company generally, I have pleasure inasking their perusal of the following pages. Though I havenot been able to discover any novel facts, the compilation of this monograph in leisure, has enabled me amply to verifythe words of Sir Frederick Leighton (P.R.A. and aLiveryman of our Company) when proposing at a recentRoyal Academy Banquet, "The Interests of Science and of Literature." He said,"In letters, no province, perhaps, exercises wider fascination than that of biography. Men turnever with unslaked curiosity to the inspiringrecord of the lives of those who have been prominent among their fellows."I am anxious to express my obligations and sincereacknowledgments toSir Edward Thornton, K.C.B., late Her Britannic
 
Majesty's Ambassador to the Sublime PorteSir F W Burton, National GalleryThe Rev Canon Curtis, ConstantinopleThe Rev Sabine Baring-Gould, M.A.Charles Browne, Esq., M.A., Lincoln's InnAthelstan Riley, Esq., M.A., F.R.G.S.Charles Welch, Esq., The Library, Guildhall.George C. Williamson, Esq., F. R. Hist. Soc., etc.,and Others, who have most kindly mentioned works of reference, and have suggested various sources of information.
- Walter Hayward Pitman, Easter, 1889
Saint Luke
The name of Saint Luke is only three times mentioned in the New Testament -Colossians 4:142nd Timothy 4:11Philemon 24He must not be confounded with Lucius (Romans 16:21),whom Saint Paul the Apostle calls his kinsman.Saint Luke is recognized and accepted as an Evangelist, aPhysician, and a Painter. His "praise is in the Gospelthroughout all the churches." (2nd Corinthians 8:18) He isrenowned in Art - the handmaid of Religion. Holy Scripture,to which one naturally turns for information, tells us of hisworks as an evangelist - a little of his position as a physician- but nothing of his capability as a painter. Legend andtradition, nevertheless, largely supply and fill up details -

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