Hawksmoor exhibition at RA

A day after seeing St Anne’s Limehouse featured in Call The Midwife on BBC1 I dropped in to see the Nicholas Hawksmoor exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.

There is a view of St Anne’s in 1800 when there were cows to the north-east. Another view is John Piper’s 1964 drawing. A video shows Iain Sinclair outside the church talking enthusiastically about its literary role.

Also highlighted is St George’s Bloomsbury.

It is interesting to discover that St Mary Woolnoth did not have steps up to the front door in 1812. A 1924 photo shows the Underground sign pointing down to the crypt door on the north-west side which was the Bank Station entrance.

This is a free exhibition on the way to the restaurant but a lot has been packed in. You need to walk past the long queues for the David Hockney exhibition.

Nicholas Hawksmoor: Architect of the Imagination continues daily until Sunday 17 June.

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