Niezrealizowane wileńskie zmówienie warszawskiej firmy „J. Szpetkowski i Spółka” – dokument z archiwum antokolskiego
In the second half of the nineteenth century there was an increase in artistic contacts between Warsaw and Vilnius, as exemplified by the letter (18 May 1903) from the Archive of the Monastery and Church dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul in Antakalnis in Vilnius, which is now located in Vilnius Arkivyskupijos Kurija Archyvas. The addressee of the letter was the last canon regular of the Lateran from Antakalnis – Rev. Franciszek Zawadzki, who in 1903-1904 carried out the renovation of the church. The works also included the issue of ordering two altars at the entrance to the chancel. In that place there were originally two woodcarving altars donated by the benefactor of the Vilnius Canons Regular of the Lateran, Michał Kazimierz Pac. The new altars were to be performed by Warsaw artistic and ecclesiastical firm “J. Szpetkowski and Company“, which at that time performed a great number of decors in churches in the area of the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Due to the financial problems of the parish, despite the fact that the works began, the altars were not finally finished. The Warsaw company, however, sent the statue of St. Francis to Vilnius, and that figure was in one of the altars at the entrance to the chancel at least to 1939.
J. Szpetkowski; Antokol; kościół pw. św. Piotra i Pawła; Wilno; ks. Franciszek Zawadzki