The Baptism of a Rake?

'March 1st, George Gordon, son, of John Byron Esq. & Catherine...' The date was entered in error as the clerk had obviously forgotten that 1788 was a Leap Year...."Save February, with twenty-eight days clear, And twenty-nine each leap year." This would prove to be the first and one of many errors written about the life of Byron and not only during his lifetime! Another visitor to St Marylebone Parish Church was the artist William Hogarth who used the interior of the church for inspiration for his 1735 painting for the series titled 'A Rake's Progress'...

A Leap Day Baptism of Light…

Today, as we celebrate another Leap Day some 228 years later, the Polite Tourist invites you to take a look at the wonderful church which honoured the birth of a future Poet and which also served as the inspiration for a painting by the artist William Hogarth...