St Mary Abchurch by Janet Brooke

St. Mary Abchurch by Janet Brooke


Image size 45 x 22cm

Signed Limited edition of 6

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Linocut Print

A church has stood on this site since the 12th century but in the Great Fire of 1666 it was burnt down. In 1681 work was begun on the present building, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and it was completed in 1686.


St. Mary Abchurch by Janet Brooke is a linocut print from a series of 24 Wren churches and 2 Hawksmoor churches around London. In this print of St. Mary Abchurch by Janet Brooke we are presented with a view looking up to the steeple (pointing to heaven) with strong shadows cast by the neighbouring buildings as we look up from the narrow passages, typical of the City of London street planning.

St. Mary Abchurch is a little church set off the busy Cannon Street in the City of London. It is set in its own yard, Abchurch Yard.  One of the great attractions of this church is the magnificent reredos with its limewood carvings by Grinling Gibbons

Janet Brooke is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and she has exhibited internationally. She produces linocut prints of Landmark buildings adored by Londoners. Her series titled ’36 views of Canary Wharf’ is widely acclaimed and a full set of the series is owned by the Museum of London as part of their permanent collection. At Orso Major we have a selection of her prints inspired by the Japanese style of printmaking. The series of City churches comprises 23 Wren Churches and 2 Hawksmoor. The series was started in 2006 with St Brides Fleet Street and the artist added four new pieces to the series in 2014.

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