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Grinling Gibbons: Master Carver

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'In 1769 writer and collector Horace Walpole met guests to his Thameside home, Strawberry Hill, sporting an extraordinary carved limewood cravat. This piece, in imitation of Venetian needlepoint lace, sang out with its maker’s flare for virtuoso realistic carvings. That man, Grinling Gibbons, was the king’s master carver. His work can still be seen in our greatest buildings, including Hampton Court Palace. This pocket book, by Arts Society Lecturer Paul Rabbitts, is a celebration of his unequalled talent.' - Arts Society

A vibrant illustrated history of Grinling Gibbons, the master carver of the Restoration era. 

Master Carver Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721) is famous for his breathtakingly delicate, intricate and realistic carvings, both in wood and stone. Tantalising cascades of fruit and flowers, puffy-cheeked cherubs, crowds of figures and flourishes of architecture are all trademark features of his energetic, animated carvings that grace stately homes, palaces, churches and colleges across the country. His work can be found in some of Britain's most beloved buildings, including St Paul's Cathedral and Hampton Court Palace.

From his early work in the Low Countries to his 'discovery' by the diarist John Evelyn in London, and his appointment as the king's Master Carver, this book celebrates Grinling Gibbons' unequalled talent, his visionary genius, and his ability to transform humble pieces of wood into some of the most exquisite artworks of his day.

  • Author: Paul Rabbitts
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Date published: May 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1784424046
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.8 cm

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