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Grinling Gibbons

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Death: August 3, 1721 (73)
London, Middlesex, England UK
Immediate Family:

Son of James Gibbons, of Rotterdam and Elizabeth Gibbons
Husband of Elizabeth Gibbons
Father of James i Gibbons; Grinling Gibbons; Anne i Gibbons; Craven Gibbons; Sarah Gibbons and 7 others
Brother of Elizabeth Gibbons and Dineley Gibbons

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About Grinling Gibbons

Boyds Inhabitants of London


Grinling Gibbons of St. Paul Covent Garden

  • Father James Gibbons DR 1637 of Rotterdam 143375
  • Mother Elizabeth Grinling of Rotherdam

daughter of Francis Grinling and Elizabeth Dynley

  • Born 1648 April 4 at Rotterdam
  • Wife Elizabeth

Died 1719 Dec 30 at St. Paul

  • Profession - Citizen and draper free 1672 Jan 19, son of James. Carver and statuary? warden 1704, 1712, 1714. Discovered by Evelyn at Deptford 1671 Jan 18
  • Died 1721 Aug 10 0- Buried at St. Paul Coven Garden


  • Anne bap 1687 Nov 10 at St Anne Soho
  • Catherine born 1684 - marr 1705 Joseph Biscoe 46557
  • Grinling bur 1675 at St. Brides
  • Anne bap 1678 Aug 15 - bur 1679 Jun 7
  • Sarah bap 1680 Apl 22 - bur 1680 Dec 6

Craven? bur 1680 Feb 23

  • Charles bur 1684 Mch 3
  • James bur 1686 Mch 12
  • George bur 1689 Dec 18

Vis Kent 1619 p. 45 Dingley -

Reference: Grindling Gibbons and the art of carving by David Esterly

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
May 28, 1675
Age 27
London, Middlesex, England
August 15, 1678
Age 30
April 22, 1680
Age 32
Age 32
London, Middlesex, England
Age 33
London, Middlesex, England
Age 34
London, Middlesex, England
May 5, 1684
Age 36
London, Middlesex, England