Published in 1876 as part of the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria & Albert Museum) Art Handbooks series and illustrated with numerous woodcuts. The Very Reverend Canon Rock, DD (1799-1871) was an English Roman Catholic priest, ecclesiologist and antiquarian. After he ceased parochial work he went to live near the South Kensington Museum in which he took the keenest interest and to which he proved of much service. His Introduction to the Catalogue of Textile Fabrics in the Museum was reprinted posthumously and is of great authority. In addition to publishing a number of liturgical works he also contributed frequent articles to the Archaeolgical Journal, the Dublin Review and other periodicals, and for many years held the honourable position of President of the Old Brotherhood of the English Secular Clergy.