This week: mo­saic in dan­ger

Country Life Every Week - - Athena -

The fu­ture of this 26ft-high mo­saic by the Hun­gar­ian-born artist Ge­org Mayer-mar­ton be­hind the high al­tar of Holy Rosary Church in Fit­ton Hill, Lan­cashire, faces an un­cer­tain fu­ture fol­low­ing the pro­posed clo­sure of the church by the Catholic dio­cese of Sal­ford. Mayer-mar­ton worked in Vi­enna un­til he was forced to flee the city in 1938. From 1952, he took up the post of se­nior lec­turer in the De­part­ment of Paint­ing at the Col­lege of Art at Liver­pool and un­der­took sev­eral church com­mis­sions in the area, in­clud­ing this mo­saic. He died in 1960.

The pho­to­graph shows the mo­saic against its orig­i­nal back­ground, with fig­ures of St Mary and St John. These were painted over about 30 years ago, al­though they still sur­vive.

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