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Monday, 17 January 2022 at 6.30 pm (Event Number 214, live on Zoom)

Grinling Gibbons: master craftsman

Speaker: David Luard, a leading conservator of Grinling Gibbons’ wood carvings.

John Evelyn wrote of Gibbons’ reredos for St James Piccadilly: “There was no altar in England, nor has there been any abroad, more handsomely adorn’d.” The decoration of the focal point in a building is also found in houses and palaces round the fireplaces and portraits in the state rooms. Thus the returning Royalists who replaced Cromwell’s Commonwealth celebrated their power and connections. Who better to decorate these grand houses than Grinling Gibbons, who worked in nearly every great house built in the first thirty years after the Restoration?

The lecture will be recorded and will be available to ticket-holders after the lecture.

This Lecture is in aid of The Grinling Gibbons Society, a recently formed charity to promote the work of Grinling Gibbons and the craftsmanship he exhibited, supporting exhibitions, training and research.

  • Tickets: £10 per person for members, £12.50 for non-members
  • Closing date for tickets: Thursday, 13 January 2022 at 12 noon.

To apply for tickets, please click here.