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After Johann Baptist Closterman (1660-1711)

Grinling Gibbons and his wife Elizabeth 1691

Mezzotint | 30.4 x 34.9 cm (whole object) | RCIN 655096

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Grinling Gibbons was the greatest of decorative woodcarvers, and this print is a celebration of his success and affluence. He and his wife Elizabeth, dressed in the finest lace and silks, recline amid draperies and classical architecture: one might take them to be members of the aristocracy. Only the sculptural relief hints at Gibbons's craft, yet it is a marble relief on which he leans, with allusions to Antiquity, not the more humble wood with which he made his name.