Sir Christopher Wren, A.D. 1632-1723

Sir Christopher Wren, A.D. 1632-1723

Sir Christopher Wren, A.D. 1632-1723

Sir Christopher Wren, A.D. 1632-1723

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This book, consisting of sixteen chapters, produced under the auspices of the Royal Institute of British Architects on the occasion of the Bicentenary of the death of Sir Christopher Wren, is a small tribute of admiration and gratitude for the genius and work of the greatest of our English architects.

The various chapters have been written by those especially well qualified to treat of the particular side of Wren or his work that they deal with, and should there be any slight discrepancies in these chapters, let them be put down to the many-sided abilities of this great man and the varied views necessarily held by the authors themselves.

Those desiring further information beyond the scope of this book, may be referred, among much other material, to the Parentalia byStephen Wren, 1750; Life of Christopher Wren byJames Elmes, 1853 and Sir Christopher Wren byLena Milman, 1908, to all of whom I am indebted.

The following chapters show Wren as an outstanding genius with imagination, great curiosity of mind and power of invention, with at the same time a genial and placid temperament that enabled him lightly to dismiss trials and disappointments, of which he had many, together with the power at once to turn . . .

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