St.Stephen Walbrook by Janet Brooke

St. Stephen Walbrook by Janet Brooke


Signed Limited edition of 6

Paper size 61 x 31cm

Image size 45 x 22cm

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Located close to Bank station in the heart of the Square Mile, St Stephen Walbrook is an active Anglican parish church. Walbrook is the name of a stream that runs through the City from Moorfields to the Thames. During Roman times there was a temple to Mithras on the banks of the Walbrook and in 1090 the site was given to the monastery of St John. The stream evolved into a street through the centuries and during the Great Fire of London the church was completely burned to the ground.



The the rebuilding was overseen by Sir Christopher Wren for whom it was the local parish church, he lived at No 15 Walbrook.  The first stones for St. Stephen Walbrook after the Great Fire were laid in December 1672 but the steeple was not built until 1713-1717; it closely resembles the steeples of St. James Garlickhythe and St. Michael Paternoster Royal. In the eighteenth century the Italian sculptor Canova said admiringly of St Stephen Walbrook “we have nothing to touch it in Rome.”

In many of the City churches Wren was not particular about right angles in the plans, but the geometry of St. Stephen’s is perfectly rectangular.

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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