GIBBS, James
(b. 1682, Aberdeen, d. 1754, London)

Exterior view

St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London

The St. Martin-in-the-Fields at Trafalgar Square in London is the most important work of James Gibbs. It demonstrates the freedom with which Gibbs used his historical prototypes. The extended building with a Corinthian portico refers to Pantheon, here with nave structure and tower in the manner of Wren instead of the dome space. The original combination of temple façade and a steeply rising tower was to provide a model for many parish churches throughout the country.

The picture shows the façade viewed from Trafalgar Square.