St. Mary Somerset by Janet Brooke

St. Mary Somerset by Janet Brooke


£225 Unframed

£345 Framed

Image size 45 x 22cm

Signed Limited edition of 6

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St. Mary Somerset was a church in the City of London first recorded in the twelfth century. Destroyed in the Great Fire of London, it was one of the 51 churches rebuilt by the office of Sir Christopher Wren. The tower is located in Upper Thames Street, the body of the church being demolished in 1871.


Linocuts Framed

St. Mary Somerset by Janet Brooke is a linocut print in a limited edition of 6.  It forms part of a series of 24 Wren and 2 Hawksmoor churches around London.

The body of the church was demolished in 1871 and now only the tower remains.  The unique feature of the tower are the eight Baroque pinnacles. The four on each corner have pannelled bases and scrolls, surmounted by vases. Between each of these are 20 foot obelisks, with ball finials. The style strongly suggests that they are the design of Hawksmoor. They create the optical illusion of changing heights when viewed from different vantage points.

The pinnacles were taken down after the Second World War, due to bomb damage in the Blitz, but restored by the City Corporation in 1956. The remains of the church were designated a Grade I listed building on 4 January 1950

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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