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John Donne's Monument, St Paul's | by Aidan McRae Thomson
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John Donne's Monument, St Paul's

The shrouded figure standing on an urn in the south choir aisle of St Paul's Cathedral commemorates the famous metaphysical poet John Donne (d.1631) who spent his final years as Dean of St Paul's.


The effigy (a shrouded figure intended to suggest imminent resurrection) was the work of noted sculptor Nicholas Stone, perhaps the finest sculptor of church monuments in the first half of the 17th century. More remarkable till is the fact this monument survived the 1666 Great Fire of London intact, having originally been erected in a similar position in Old St Paul's. Other monuments were salvaged from the old cathedral after the fire, but almost all were in poor condition and show their scars (the damaged effigies are now in the crypt), but Donne's marble figure escaped with only a scorch mark to the urn on which he stands.

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Taken on August 17, 2017