Very Able Statuaries – Early Modern Sculptors in the City of London: a Guided Walk


The Birkbeck Early Modern Society is going to kick off the new academic year with a guided walk: Very Able Statuaries – Early Modern Sculptors in the City of London, led by Karen Chester, City of London guide and Birkbeck Early Modernist.

The walk will explore the lives and works of the many talented carvers and craftsmen working in the early modern city after the Great Fire of 1666. The walk looks at examples from such stars as Frances Bird, Gaius Gabriel Cibber, Grinling Gibbons, John Bushnell, Thomas Strong, Robert Bird and Edward Pearce. As usual, we will visit a pub or two en route!

Wednesday 30 September, 2015
Meet for a 6:30pm start at the statue of Queen Anne in front of the main entrance/west steps of St Paul’s Cathedral

The cost is £10 per person payable on the evening of the tour. There is a reduced cost of £8 for people on the Early Modern Society mailing list, who’ve booked their place in advance with Laura Jacobs. Let Laura know if you want to go as soon as possible and no later than 21 September by emailing her at


For details of the Early Modern Society’s aims and events see




Laura Jacobs


Image: Studies for a statue, probably for either Charles II, at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, or for James II, near the new Admiralty building. Pen and brown wash by the British woodcarver and artist Grinling Gibbons. 118 mm x 155 mm. Courtesy of the British Museum, London.

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