A masterly translator of Virgil, John Dryden was also a brilliant versifier, a discerning critic and a savage satirist. He has been called 'the literary dictator of his age' and the first master of modern English prose.
William Hazlitt was probably the first Englishman to make a living as a professional critic. A parliamentary reporter and a freelance lecturer, he is best remembered as an essayist.
John Jacob Holtzapffel was the most famous producer and seller of luxury ornamental turning lathes. Priced at many times the annual wage of an ordinary worker, they were much sought after by wealthy amateurs: clergy, aristocrats and heads of state.
Lionel Lukin, a fashionable London coach builder had a taste for science and a fertile mechanical mind. Among his many inventions was an 'unsubmergible' boat, the first lifeboat.
Architectural draughtsman Thomas Malton the Younger was hailed by J.M.W. Turner, who studied drawing under him, as 'my real master'.
Born in the Black Horse Inn on Long Acre, Thomas Stothard RA was one of the foremost history painters of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is also remembered as the most prolific book illustrator of the time.
The Seven Dials Trust Plaques
The Trust’s People’s Plaques bring to light fascinating people and institutions from the very local to the international, who have made a contribution to the area and, in some cases, nationally and internationally.
“An absolutely brilliant and wide ranging scheme…”
– Judges’ citation, The London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies Awards.
The Golden Hind
The Golden Hind (more specifically a wounded female deer) is the symbol of the ancient Parish of St Giles-in-the-Fields. The Seven Dials Trust has used it, in a circle representing the Dials, as a motif on all street furniture.