SLI:Sir Christopher Wren SLI

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Sir Christopher Wren was one of Britain’s most distinguished architects. Strongly influenced by French and Italian baroque styles after a visit to Paris in 1665, after the Great Fire of London destroyed much of the old city the following year, a huge opportunity became apparent for Wren. He produced ambitious plans for rebuilding the whole area, which were mostly rejected for a number of reasons. However, Wren did design 51 new city churches, as well as the new St Paul’s Cathedral. Replete with colourful images of his buildings, this concise biography tells the story of a man whose creations are still popular tourist attractions to this day, but also casts light on Wren’s credentials as an intellectual and founding member of the Royal Society.

ISBN: 9781784423254 Author: Rabbitts, Paul Publisher: Shire Publications Publication Date: 21st February 2019 Imprint: Shire Publications Cover: Paperback Dewey: 720.92 (edition:23) Pages: 95 Language: English Readership: / Code: Category: Subjects: ,

Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) is now mostly remembered as a genius of architecture – but he was also an accomplished polymath, who only came to architecture quite late in life. Most famous as the mastermind behind the rebuilding of St Paul’s Cathedral and more than fifty parish churches after the Great Fire of London, among his countless other projects Wren also designed the Royal Hospital at Chelsea, the Royal Naval Hospital at Greenwich, and much of Hampton Court Palace. Replete with colourful images of his buildings, this concise biography tells the story of a man whose creations are still popular tourist attractions to this day, but also casts light on Wren’s credentials as an intellectual and a founding member of the Royal Society.

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