Centuries in the Making — Bonhams

Centuries in the Making will explore the influences that shaped Gibbons’ vision, skills and technique and the stylistic and cultural influences he brought to this country. Works have been assembled from national museums, regional collections, historic houses and some international lenders, and combined with contemporary artworks. 

Through sculpture and carving in wood and stone, drawings and sketches, portraits and documents, Centuries in the Making will bring a new perspective to Gibbons and his legacy. 

Gibbons’ numerous works on display will include the famed ‘Horace Walpole’ cravat; the magnificent font cover from All Hallows by the Tower; coats of arms from the Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge; and architectural embellishments from the quire of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The exhibition will also examine how Gibbons’ bold new style changed the direction of British carving, sculpture and interiors, and how his extraordinary creative output inspired both his contemporaries and makers across the succeeding 300 years. 

The influence of Gibbons will be traced to the present day, with works by contemporary artists and designers, and specially created artworks by top emerging carvers. The work of eleven finalists in the Grinling Gibbons Tercentenary Award for emerging carvers and sculptors will be on display.

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You can also see this national touring exhibition at Compton Verney Art Gallery, Warwickshire. Learn More.