Grinling Gibbons


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Gibbons, Grinling,

1648–1721, English wood carver and sculptor, b. Rotterdam. From the reign of Charles II to that of George I he was master wood carver to the crown. Sir Christopher Wren employed him for architectural decoration. Blenheim, Whitehall Palace, and the library of Trinity College, Cambridge, contain masterly carvings by Gibbons. Other works include a marble font in St. James's, Piccadilly, and a bronze statue of James II outside the National Gallery, London.
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Once we've got him open, we will hopefully see more evidence to point towards this being a Grinling Gibbons piece.
The portrait of Grinling Gibbons brings the group up to date with Sir Robert's familiar circle and his allies at Houghton Hall.
To round off the day, golfers can enjoy a lavish feast in the Grinling Gibbons dining room and a brandy by an open fire.
Grinling Gibbons, born in the Netherlands in 1648, was regarded by many as a premier woodcarver.
Then the poet would be like some crazed carpenter building a barn with decorations as delicate as Grinling Gibbons.
Designed and built by Wren at a cost of 10 000[pounds], it was the most resplendent theatre of its time, with two tiers of seven boxes each holding 20 people, a well equipped backstage and a proscenium arch decorated by Grinling Gibbons.
6% certain" to be the work of the great Grinling Gibbons,
Few of the drawings are signed, so Geraghty has to discriminate between the hands of Wren, Hawksmoor (to whom he gives about 120 of the drawings), Edward Woodroofe, Thomas Laine, Robert Hooke, Edward Pearce, William Dickinson, Grinling Gibbons and other, non-office, hands.
I'd looked out nearby St Mary Abchurch which I'd read had an altar carved by Grinling Gibbons.
After pre-dinner drinks in the library - that bottle of Champagne - dinner was served in the Grinling Gibbons room, possible the most sumptuous and romantic dining rooms I have ever eaten in.
There are more examples at Stoke Edith near Hereford, again so clever that they are sometimes thought to be the work of Grinling Gibbons, the masterplasterer himself.
The house is finely furnished and notable for its Mortlake tapestries, wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons and collection of English clocks.