St. John the Evangelist, Westminster.
London, Published by J. Booth, Duke Street, Portland Place, Jan.y 1, 1814.
Engraving. 270 x 340mm (10½ x 13¼").
St John's, Smith Square, a baroque church built by Thomas Archer (1668–1743) completed 1728. It became known as 'Queen Anne's Footstool'. Archer was consulting the ailing Queen Anne (not noted for her interest in architecture), asking how the the new church should look: the Queen petulantly kicked over her footstool, pointed at its legs in the air and snapped 'Like that!, resulting in the church's four corner towers. Gutted by a German incendiary bomb in 1941 it remained a ruin for over twenty years, before being rebuilt and becoming one of London's major concert halls, with fine acoustics.
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