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Sir Christopher Wren

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Sir Christopher Wren, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, 1711 - NPG 113 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Christopher Wren

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1711
49 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1245 mm x 1003 mm)
Purchased, 1860
Primary Collection
NPG 113


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  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1672 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

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In 1711, the year this portrait was made, the architect Sir Christopher Wren was seventy-nine and had finally completed his masterpiece, St Paul's Cathedral. Wren's magnificent classicizing structure replaced the original Elizabethan cathedral which had burnt down during the Great Fire of London of 1666. In this portrait Wren's achievement is alluded to by the pair of dividers which he holds, the copy of Euclid and the plan of the west end of the new St Paul's.

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  • Audio Guide
  • Hart-Davis, Adam, Chain Reactions, 2000, p. 27
  • Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 342
  • Ollard, Richard, Character Sketches: Samuel Pepys and His Circle, 2000, p. 41
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 82
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 82
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 679
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 59

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