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Sir Christopher Wren


This course will provide a detailed study of Wren's architectural career. It will be based on a detailed analysis of the surviving primary sources, with particular emphasis on the study of drawings. More generally, the course is intended to introduce students to archival research in English architectural history.


By the end of the module, students should have acquired:

  • A specialist knowledge of aspects of Wren's architecture
  • Experience of using primary sources, especially architectural drawings
  • A critical relationship to the existing Wren scholarship

Preliminary Reading

  • A Geraghty, The Sheldonian Theatre (New Haven and London, 2013)
  • A Geraghty, The Architectural Drawings of Sir Christopher Wren (Aldershot, 2007)
  • K Downes, The Architecture of Wren (Reading 1982/88)
  • L Jardine, On a Grander Scale (London 2002)
  • M Whinney, Wren (London 1971)


Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) copied by Edmund Dyer (detail), oil on canvas, by Sir Godfrey Kneller

Module information

  • Module title
    Sir Christopher Wren
  • Module number
  • Convenor
    Anthony Geraghty

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