Grinling Gibbons (1648 - 1721) MP

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Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
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About Grinling Gibbons


I have in hand - Grindling Gibbons and the art of carving by David Esterly

The names of his parents are not given in any biography I have looked at - will keep "scratching"! CJB

Grinling Gibbons (4 April 1648 – 3 August 1721) was a Dutch-British sculptor and wood carver known for his work in England, including St Paul's Cathedral, Blenheim Palace and Hampton Court Palace. He was born and educated in Holland of English parents, his father being a merchant.

He is widely regarded as the finest wood carver working in England, and the only one whose name is widely known among the general public. Most of his work is in lime (tilia) wood, especially decorative Baroque garlands made up of still-life elements at about life size, made to frame mirrors and decorate the walls of churches and palaces, but he also produced furniture and small relief plaques with figurative scenes. He also worked in stone, mostly for churches. By the time he was established he led a large workshop, and the extent to which his personal hand appears in later work varies.

Grinling Gibbons

and the art of carving by David Esterly has the following -

Elizabeth Gibbons bore at least 12 children - 5 boys and 7 girls. A child was born in every year but one in the 1680's decade. Some daughters outlived Grinling and Elizabeth but no son survived them.

There are still direct descendants of Gibbons in the UK today who have followed the family tradition of wood carving down through 13 generations. One male produces fine English rocking horses and works to commissioned carvings and restorations. His carvings can be viewed in Ironbridge, Shropshire, UK.

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Grinling Gibbons's Timeline

April 4, 1648
Age 23
London, England
Age 26
London, England
Age 27
Age 29
May 5, 1684
Age 36
London, England
May 16, 1685
Age 37
London, England
Age 38
London, England
August 3, 1721
Age 73