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Who was William Jones ? Free, Lunchtime Talk, 13:00, Monday 5th June

Of Sir William Jones (1746-94), Jawaharlal Nehru wrote, ‘India owes a deep debt of gratitude for the rediscovery of her past literature’. Jones' monument in St Paul's Cathedral is one of the most enigmatic, featuring a young man, in a toga, a-top a podium decorated with Greek, Roman and Indian Gods.

In this talk Dr Andrew Rudd will examine the life and work of Jones, an outstanding eighteenth-century lawyer, poet, Oriental scholar and polymath, whose memorial statue stands beneath the dome of the Cathedral. The talk will trace Jones’s theory that the languages and religious beliefs of the world all originally sprang from one source, a principle of common humanity which underpins his poetry, a body of writing that deserves to be much more widely known.


The talk is free however space is limited and booking is required. Please bring your ticket with you on the day.

The talk will be given in the Wren Suite in the Cathedral Crypt.

Wheelchair access is available via the South Churchyard.

This talk is one of a series organised by the Cathedral Collections Department. Each speaker takes an item in The Collections or an aspect of the Cathedral's history as a starting point from which to explore the life and work of St Paul's.

The Cathedral Collections: Library, Archive and Objects form a unique record of the spiritual, liturgical, architectural, administrative and social life of one of the world's outstanding buildings and its imposing predecessor, the Pre-Fire Cathedral.

Find out more about The Collections here


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