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    Christopher Wren Autograph Endorsement Signed. One page, 9 5/8" x 4.75", [England], October 15, 1707. A receipt written in Latin for a payment made to Wren during the reign of Queen Anne, signed by Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax on October 9, 1707. Wren has endorsed and signed the document on the verso: "Oct. 15 . 1707 / Received the full consent of thy [Docents.?] Chr. Wren"

    Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) was one of Britain's most distinguished architects, best known for the design of many London churches, including St Paul's Cathedral. Born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, Wren was educated at Westminster School and then Oxford University. He was subsequently appointed professor of astronomy at Gresham College in London and four years later, professor of astronomy at Oxford. In 1662, he was one of the founding members of the Royal Society. Wren's interest in architecture developed from his study of physics and engineering, and in 1664 and 1665 he was commissioned to design the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford and a chapel for Pembroke College, Cambridge. From that time on, architecture was his main focus. In 1665, Wren visited Paris, where he was strongly influenced by French and Italian baroque styles. In 1666, when the Great Fire of London destroyed much of the medieval city, Wren produced ambitious plans for rebuilding the whole area but they were rejected. Wren did design 51 new city churches, however, as well as the new St Paul's Cathedral. In 1669, he was appointed surveyor of the royal works which effectively gave him control of all government building in the country. He was knighted in 1673.

    Condition: The document has three slight vertical folds, a small section of paper loss at the middle of the bottom edge, and a tiny hole in the center of the document, which does not affect the text. Mounting remnants on verso. Very bold ink and gently toned paper, with a bit of soiling at left on recto.

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