David Le Marchand Sir Christopher Wren c.1723

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David Le Marchand 1674–1726
Sir Christopher Wren
Date c.1723
Medium Ivory medalion
Dimensions Object: 127 x 92 mm
National Portrait Gallery, London
On short term loan
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1650

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Christopher Wren (1632-1723) was one of the most important architects in British history, his masterpiece being St Paul’s Cathedral in London, built 1675-1710, after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London (1666). Wren was one of several important contemporaries whose image was carved in ivory by Le Marchand. As a Huguenot (French Protestant) Le Marchand faced religious persecution and was forced to flee his native Dieppe, settling in Edinburgh in 1696 before moving to London in 1705. Small-scale sculptural portraits such as medals and ivories are an often overlooked but significant form of 18th-century portraiture.

October 2013

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