Interior of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Lindsell

Interior of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Lindsell

One of ten views of churches and chapels in Essex painted by Kenneth Rowntree for the Recording Britain scheme, this image of the interior of Lindsell parish church is one of the most dramatic. Rowntree's trademark magical realism is in evidence here, as is his painstaking attention to the written word (in this case, the gilded text of the Lord's Prayer). Unable to bear witness or testify verbally as a Quaker, Rowntree seems to have treated these texts as found objects and wrote them out again.