The King's Carver at Windsor

‘Mr Gibbons by {Lely’s} means was recomended to the King Charles 2d. who then had orderd the beautifying the Palace of Windsor…’

Windsor Castle was Gibbons’ first royal commission. It secured him prestige and patronage. He worked there from 1677 carving surrounds, drops and over mantels for the King’s Dining Room, Queen’s Presence Chamber, Queen’s Audience Chamber and the Garter Throne Room. The final space he ornamented was the King’s Chapel (1680-82), however, this was swept away as part of 19th century alterations, seeing some work salvaged and relocated to the Waterloo Chamber.

In this project, with kind permission of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Royal Collection Trust, we have captured Gibbons’ work across the four original rooms. With the expertise of leading photographer, Oskar Proctor, Gibbons’ carvings have been captured mainly with natural light showcasing its effect on the carvings and sumptuous castle interiors – and paying homage to Gibbons’ passion for naturalism.

Explore our Gibbons at Windsor Galleries below