Sir Christopher Wren

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  • James Balakier (University of South Dakota)

Sir Isaac Newton in his Principia named Christopher as one of the pre-eminent mathematicians of the day, but it was as an architect that he was to become famous. Sir Christopher Wren, with his student Nicholas Hawksmoor and colleague Sir John Vanbrugh, dominated late seventeenth and early-eighteenth century Baroque architecture in England. Following the Great Fire of 1666, Wren was the most influential figure in the rebuilding of the city. His greatest renown was for St. Paul's Cathedral, but his major public buildings, and the delicacy and variety displayed in the fifty-or-so parish churches, also contribute to his enduring influence in architecture down to the present day.

Wren was born October 20, 1632 in East …

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Citation:
Balakier, James. "Sir Christopher Wren". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 August 2004
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