This iconic building is one of London’s most famous. It is the seat of the Bishop of London and the Mother church of the Diocese of London. The cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the English Baroque style after the original was destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666. It was completed in 1697.
The great Scottish architect, designer and artist born in Glasgow. Mackintosh’s artistic approach was influential on European design movements including Art Nouveau and Secessionism. His most famous works include the Glasgow School of Art, Willow Tea Rooms and Queen’s Cross Church.
The etch around the base reads - "ART IS THE FLOWER. LIFE IS THE GREEN LEAF."
First lived in by King Henry VIII and finally by King George II. It was built by Cardinal Wolsey but seized by Henry VIII after he fell out of favour. The King enlarged the palace, which was then expanded further by King William III, destroying much of the original style and leaving the two contrasting Baroque and Tudor features seen today.
The London residence of the reigning monarch and the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality; a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning. It was enlarged by architects Nash and Blore before Queen Victoria moved in, in1837. The palace has 775 rooms and the largest private garden in London.
Handmade bust of Oscar Wilde. Objects around the base include: the frame from Dorian Gray, a prison cell door from Pentonville Prison, lilies, roses and a sunflower, books and quill pen and the iconic handbag as featured in 'The Importance of Being Ernest'. The etch around the base reads: "I CAN RESIST ANYTHING EXCEPT TEMPTATION".
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his works including ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’. He was one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890’s.
Wilde attended university at both Trinity College, Dublin and then Magdelen College, Oxford where is read the ‘Greats’ - Literae Humaniores. After university, Wilde moved to London into fashionable cultural and social circles where he became known for his wit, flamboyant dress and charming conversation, Wilde became one of the best-known personalities of his day.