Grinling Gibbons and the Country House with John Goodall

  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr John Goodall, Architectural Editor of Country Life magazine, historian and award-winning author, traces Gibbons’ country house legacy in this lecture in memory of David Esterly and part of Grinling Gibbons 300. Drawing on Country Life’s rich archive of images, John will take us on an exploration of the domestic schemes and country house interiors which provided the setting for Gibbons’ consummate carving, new techniques and extraordinary realism.

Grinling Gibbons was admitted to the Drapers’ Company in 1672 and served as a Warden in 1704, 1712 and 1714. Archives from the period will be on display. The Company is kindly hosting this event, which will be an opportunity to see the magnificent, newly-restored Livery Hall and other reception rooms. Weather permitting, wine and canapes will be served in the garden in the heart of the City, where the stone cartouche by the sculptor Miriam Johnson, recently commissioned by the Company to mark the Gibbons Tercentenary, is displayed. The Drapers’ Hall is a monument to a fascinating progression of architects, surveyors and craftsmen who have all left their mark on this extraordinary building.

This memorial lecture commemorates David Esterly (1944-2019), preeminent American carver in limewood whose life and career were dedicated to the work of Grinling Gibbons. His contribution to scholarship in this field have been immense, however, David who died in 2019 was sadly unable to see the fruits of Gibbons’ tercentenary.

Event includes wine reception and canapés and exclusive access to the Drapers' Hall.

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2022-06-21 18:30 2022-06-21 18:30 Europe/London Grinling Gibbons and the Country House with John Goodall Dr John Goodall, Architectural Editor of Country Life magazine traces Gibbons’ country house legacy. Drapers' Hall,Throgmorton Street,London,


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