Tercentenary Lecture: Grinling Gibbons: his Life, Work and Influence
Grinling Gibbons is one of the most important artists of the British Baroque; he revolutionised English woodcarving and interior decoration. He was not only a great carver, who decorated all sorts of objects, including furniture, but he was also a sculptor, designer, art connoisseur and businessman. The Tercentenary of Gibbons’s death provides an opportunity to explore this versatile artist. This lecture will give an overview of his life and work in light of new research.
Ada de Wit is Curator of Works of Art and Sculpture at the Wallace Collection, London. She has conducted extensive research on seventeenth-century woodcarving in the Netherlands and Britain and Grinling Gibbons, and is a trustee of the Grinling Gibbons Society.
This lecture is being hosted by the FHS as part of celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of Grinling Gibbons' death in 1721. For more information on other events, please visit Grinling Gibbons | Legendary artist, sculptor, craftsman (grinling-gibbons.org)
Detail of the reredos at St James’s Piccadilly, London, by Grinling Gibbons, 1684
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