St Michael Cornhill

St. Michael Cornhill by Janet Brooke


Image size 45 x 22cm

Signed Limited edition of 6

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The medieval structure was lost in the Great Fire of London, and replaced by the present building, traditionally attributed to Wren.  The upper parts of the tower are by Nicholas Hawksmoor and the Drapers Company requested Sir George Gilbert Scott to embellish the church in the nineteenth century.


This linocut of St. Michael Cornhill by Janet Brooke is from a series of 24 Wren churches and 2 Hawksmoor churches around London

St. Michael Cornhill lies over the remains of the Basilica – the northern most part of the great Roman Forum built in the first century AD. The name ‘Cornhill’ is first mentioned in the 12th century, the ‘hill’ indicating the rising ground on which St. Michael’s stands, and ‘corn’ being derived from the corn-market which was once held there.

The Church, with the exception of the tower, was completely destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. The present Church was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren between 1669 and 1672.

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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