A Tribute to the Memory of Sir Christopher Wren by Charles Robert Cockerell

One of the most iconic British architectural drawings, first engraved in 1842 and widely reproduced and exhibited since.


Watercolour over pencil on paper
99 x 132 cm
Art Fund grant:
£30,886 ( Total: £98,352)
Acquired in:

It depicts in one vast landscape an assembly of all the buildings attributed to the celebrated English Baroque architect Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) with St Paul's Cathedral at its centre. The drawing made a direct contribution to the rediscovery of Wren and the Wren Revival that reached its zenith in the years 1890-1914, the Edwardian high tide of the British Empire.


The artist; by descent to Mrs B. J. Crichton, Anglesey; Sotheby's, 1985; Sotheby's, 1993 (unsold); Sotheby's, 2006.

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