St. Mary Somerset by Janet Brooke
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.
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