Friday, November 28, 2008
Herbert Cardinal Vaughan (1832-1903)
He was the third archbishop of Westminster from 1892 to 1903. During his reign
It has been said that Vaughan lacked his predecessor's (Cardinal Manning) intellect and drive for social reform, but was on the other hand a man of remarkably fine presence and aristocratic leanings. The photos somehow underline the second statement (I've only seen one photo of Manning in a cappa so far and he really didn't look like he felt at home).
Vaughan always wanted to see an adequate Westminster Cathedral and indeed, after initiation of the capital campaign, the foundation stone for the cathedral was laid in 1895.