Grinling Gibbons and the Art of Carving
Grinling Gibbons and the Art of Carving
  • Imprint: V & A Publishing
  • Publication Date: April 30, 2013
  • Price: $35.00
  • Trim Size: 8 12 x 11
  • ISBN: 1-85177-256-1
  • EAN: 9781851772568
  • Page Count: 224
  • Illustrations: 100 black-and-white and 70 color illustrations
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: North America

Grinling Gibbons (1648–1721), the greatest of decorative woodcarvers, is seen here through the eyes of a fellow carver, American artist David Esterly. Gibbons’s flamboyant cascades of lifelike blossoms, fruits, foliage, birds, and fish dominated English interiors of the late 17th century, in palaces, churches, and great country houses. Esterly’s own experience in limewood foliage carving gives him unprecedented insight into Gibbons’s methods. Unique photographs illustrate techniques, while spectacular interior shots show the carvings in their original settings.

About the author

David Esterly is a professional limewood foliage carver in the Gibbons tradition; he played a key role in the restoration of Hampton Court Palace after the disastrous fire of 1986. He curated the V&A exhibition “Grinling Gibbons and the Art of Carving” (1998) and is the author of The Lost Carving. He lives in upstate New York.