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Grinling Gibbons: Master Carver

Grinling Gibbons: Master Carver

by Paul Rabbitts


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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. Tantalizing 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' unequaled talent, his visionary genius, and his ability to transform humble pieces of wood into some of the most exquisite artworks of his day.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784424046
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/11/2020
Series: Shire Library
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.95(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.11(d)

About the Author

Paul Rabbitts is a landscape architect and author. He wrote the only history of Regent's Park and Richmond Park, as well as Bandstands, London's Royal Parks and Sir Christopher Wren for Shire.

Table of Contents

The Origins and Genius of Grinling Gibbons
By Royal Appointment
Oxford and Cambridge
Chapels, Churches and a Cathedral
Country Houses and Stately Homes
Latter Days
Further Reading
Places to Visit

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