Evelyn (John) and Sir Christopher Wren.


A Plan of London…, on sheet with A Plan of the City of London after the great Fire in the Year of our Lord 1666, Second Plate,
London, Society of Antiquaries, 1748.
two plans on a single plate, comparing major plans for rebuilding the City of London in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666, by two significant figures of the day. The first was by John Evelyn (1620-1706), the famous diarist, courtier, etcher, and founding fellow of the Royal Society, the other by Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723), one of the country’s foremost architects who went on to design replacements for many of the city’s destroyed churches, including the most important of them all, St Paul’s Cathedral. Both plans adopted a far more orderly grid system in redrafting the street plan. However, due to vast complications over land ownership, and the heady pace of impromptu redevelopment on the ground, both plans were rejected by King Charles II,.