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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
23rd April 1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
23rd April 1925 1st London performance of operetta Fasquita staged
23rd April 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan's opera Patience produced in London
23rd April 1775 Artist J.M.W. Turner was born in Covent Garden, London.
23rd April 1705 Richard Steele's Tender Husband, premieres in London
23rd April 1702 The Coronation of Anne I in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1685 The Coronation of James II (and VII of Scotland) in Westminster Abbey.
23rd April 1661 English king Charles II crowned in London
23rd April 1661 The Coronation of Charles II in Westminster Abbey.
Sculptor Nollekins was born here
The birthplace of sculptor Joseph Nollekins.
Location: 28 Dean Street, Soho
Description: Revered 19th century sculptor Joseph Nollekens R.A. (1737-1823) was born here, son of Antwerp-born Flemish painter Josef Frans Nollekens.
He studied art in Rome and returned to London in 1770, establishing a practice supplying busts and monuments from Mortimer Street.
He sculpted for King George III, William Pitt the Younger, Charles James Fox, the Duke of Bedford and Charles Watson-Wentworth.