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June Tuesday Talk 2021: ‘Grinling Gibbons in the Workshop’
Our Spring Series has been devised in partnership with the Grinling Gibbons Society, as part of tercentenary events celebrating the life of Grinling Gibbons.

In the final talk, master carver Alan Lamb and conservator David Luard will look at Gibbons from the perspective of experts responsible for the practical conservation of his surviving work.

The intimacy of a carved repair, involving an identical vocabulary of tools, a revisiting of the choreography of the maker’s chisel, the painstaking removal of later paint and varnish layers, or physical evidence of the reordering of a scheme, can throw much light on Gibbons’ workshop practices, his original design intentions and later changes in fashion.

Alan will consider what we can learn about Gibbons’ own workshop practice from his surviving work, while David will discuss the changes that have been made to Gibbons schemes over the last three hundred years, sometimes to honour the intended look and sometimes to subvert it.

Jun 15, 2021 07:00 PM in London

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