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Details & Cataloguing

Style: Private Collections

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A painted and carved limewood and oak model of St. Paul’s Cathedral, late 17th century/early 18th century
the dome possibly associated with detachable tower, the western towers also detachable, on later red velvet lined base, losses and some redecoration
109cm. high, 73cm. wide, 124cm. deep; 3ft. 7in., 2ft. 4 3/4 in., 4ft. 3/4 in.
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Provenance

The Collection of Jan Vlug, London, circa 1935
The Renè Withofs Collection, Brussels until the 1990s
Acquired by the current owner in April 2000

Exhibited

The Naples Museum of Art (now the Baker Museum) Florida,  Masters of Miniature, September 11, 2002 — July 31, 2003

Catalogue Note

This interesting early model of St Paul's Cathedral in London, the magnificent Sir Christopher Wren masterpiece, commissioned by Charles II following the Great Fire of London in 1666, possibly relates to an early design by the Royal Architect. In May 1670 Wren presented his first model, part of which remains in the collection at St Paul's today and which predates the Great Model which took ten months to prepare between December 1672 and September 1673 prior to the presentation to the King. Whether this current model, interestingly constructed in similar timbers to the Great model, was an interim example is a tantalizing thought and would certainly appear to date to around the period of construction.

Style: Private Collections

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London