St.-Vedast-alias-Foster-linocut print Janet Brooke

St. Vedast alias Foster by Janet Brooke


Image size 45 x 22cm, Signed Limited edition of 6

The church stands at Foster Lane on the original site of the 12th Century church that was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. Rebuilt by Wren and other architect builders it was then burned out in the Blitz during the second World War, and rebuilt again.

In this print, Brooke shows the church in the context of new building development which is a staple of the London scene, where the new constructions will soon dwarf what was once the peak on the London skyline.

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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.

St Vedast was venerated in particular by the Augustinian priors in the 12th century, and they may be responsible for the foundation of the few churches dedicated to him. Only one other church in England is currently dedicated to St Vedast, in Tathwell, Lincolnshire.

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