Grinling Gibbons

Carver (1648-1721)

The most important wood carver of the second half of the 17th century in Britain.

Belton, Lincolnshire (1685-8)

Gibbons’s extraordinary carving, defined by deep but delicate undercutting, astonished his contemporaries and defined the late 17th century as the high point of craftsmanship in wood. His influence was extensive, stretching long into the following century when his reputation remained undiminished even as fashions changed.

Photos from Avray Tipping, Grinling Gibbons and the woodwork of his age (1648-1720). London, 1914. Getty Research Institute. Internet Archive.

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