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Shell House Showcase: St James's Church, Piccadilly

Updated: Apr 26

St James's Church, Piccadilly, London was built in 1648 by Sir Christopher Wren.


Grinling Gibbons: Master Carver (1648-1721)


The carved festoons around the alter are by Grinling Gibbons who uses natural motifs such as shells, wheat, fruit and birds.










His craftsmanship influenced the shell work of Mary Delany-Doyenne of 18th century grotto designs and decoration. She regularly attended St James's church and a plaque commemorates her long life(1700- 1788).

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