Pantheons: Sculpture at St Paul's Cathedral (c.1796-1916)

Artists Conference 2022

A Portrait of the Artist as a Memorialised Man: Sculpture at St Paul’s Cathedral c.1796–1916

Date: Monday 12 December 2022
Time: 14:00–16:30 GMT
Place: Wren Suite, St Paul’s Cathedral, EC4M 8AD or online

The conference is free and open to all but spaces are limited and a ticket is required. Alternatively, the talks will be live-streamed as a webinar from 14:15–15:15. To attend in person or online, please book via Eventbrite.

To celebrate the forthcoming publication of Simon Carter’s Artists’ Corner of St Paul’s Cathedral (February 2023), the third and final Pantheons conference takes place in the Wren Suite of St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday December 12th from 14:00 to 16:30 GMT.

The conference takes the form of a symposium, in which five scholars each speak, for five minutes each, about a single monument to a famous artist or architect commemorated in the Cathedral. St Paul’s is, perhaps, best known as the Parish Church of the British Empire, but a wide variety of people are commemorated at the Cathedral, artists one of the most significant groups represented there.

The subjects commemorated range from influential industrial architect John Rennie through children’s book illustrator Randolph Caldecott to Royal Academy painters J.M.W. Turner, Frederic Leighton, and John Singer Sargent, in forms ranging from ledgers and portrait statues through tomb effigies and Symbolist murals, to a crucifix.

Following the roundtable will be an opportunity to visit the monuments under discussion and the remainder of Artists’ Corner in the Cathedral Crypt. Tea and coffee will be provided.


  • Simon Carter (St Paul’s Cathedral): St Paul’s Artists’ Corner
  • Jason Edwards (University of York): Frederic Leighton
  • M.G. Sullivan (St Paul’s Cathedral/University of York): John Rennie
  • Chloe Sharpe (ESNE, Madrid): John Singer Sargent
  • Marjorie Coughlan (University of York): Randolph Caldecott
  • Richard Johns (University of York): J.M.W. Turner

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Mosaix of monuments details (marble, bronze, brass)

Past conferences

See details of the first two conferences:

July 2021: Worlds of Faith: Sculpture and Faith at St Paul’s Cathedral, c.1796-1916

June 2022: The Worlds of British Sculpture: Sculpture and Empire at St Paul’s Cathedral, c.1796-1916