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This lively portrait shows Wren at three-quarter length, wigged, and dressed in a white shirt and lace cravat over which is a loose brown robe. He holds a partly rolled sheet of paper in his right hand and points with his left. A marble statue of a child, or putto, with acanthus leaves is by the paper. Behind, revealed by a curtain, is St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

The Royal Society



Christopher Wren (1632–1723)




oil on canvas


H 143.3 x W 121.4 cm

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presented by Stephen Wren, 1750 (?)

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