Nineteenth century stereoview of a pulpit, Brussels, Belgium.

The Manships spent two weeks touring the sights in Brussels and the surrounding area.  Charles Henry Manship was particularly impressed by the architecture and its rich ornamental detail.  His journal entry for June 12, 1874, included the following:

...Passing through the arcade brought us to the street upon which the Cathedral St. Michael de Gudule where we spent about two hours, a description of this wonderful church would be impossible unless it were taken down whilst in it, there is several features that must be noticed a curiously carved pulpit designed to show the history from Adam and Eve to the coming of the Savior shown the artist to be a rare genius.  The Serpant is entwined curiously around and through a Labyrynth beautiful thought and execution commencing in the Garden of Eden and terminating at the dome of the pulpit where the head of the Serpant pertrudes and the Infant Jesus stands in triumph upon the monster head held by a beautiful female figure – - – It is certainly a masterpiece both in design and execution  The twelve Apostles are represented full size in the main aisle of the church at about 12 feet high on the collumns supporting the arches and in about twenty recesses stands a confessional where the priest can confess two at a time one to the right the other to the left and from the well worn kneeling steps many confessions have been made  There is 3 distinct ceremonial apartments, each highly enriched with relief work descriptive of many New Testament passages the Gothic windows in each about 30 feet high all also beautifully painted with some Scripture Emblims and all executed in the most exquisit style.   There is one of these apartments more exquisitly finished than the others – at the entrance of which I noted a place for contributions to get the unbelievers out of Purgetory with having no small change made no contributions.  But heartily wished the enterprise success…