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This is an example of opus sectile work in the late Victorian/early 20th century style, and is at the Unitarian Church (the Chalice Foundation) at the south end of Mansford Street, Bethnal Green.

It was unveiled in 1903 to commemorate Miss Elizabeth Jaqueline Garrett and is titled "Emblemic of Charity". The scene shows two women helping the poor and destitute. Information at the church attributes the work to Henry Holiday (1839-1927 - more famous for his stained glass painting and illustrations for Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark").

opus sectile

charity opus sectile panel

The detail on the right shows how the individual tiles were shaped, painted and assembled as a mosaic.

Almost across the road from the Unitarian Church is a tile panel a school wall.

opus sectile detail

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