This summer we are very excited to welcome to the Ashmolean Museum Broadway an exhibition celebrating the work of F. L. Griggs (1876–1938): 11 May 2016–11 September 2016, so lets find out a little more about him:
Frederick Landseer Griggs was an outstanding artist, elected to the Royal Academy in 1931, who lived and worked locally in Chipping Campden, so it is lovely to be able to share with our visitors some local art of such high quality.
Griggs’ work demonstrates meticulous architectural detail thanks to his training yet poetic effects of light and atmosphere, which reflected his concern for the contemporary dissolution of community, accelerated by the horrors of the First World War. Much of his work contains popular rural motif such as the church, farm, street, and bridge infused with spiritual overtones.
The son of a Hitchin baker, Griggs trained as an architect and moved permanently to Chipping Campden in 1905. Griggs collaborated with the renowned Arts & Crafts architect and designer, Ernest Gimson, on various projects, including several local war memorials. Later, in 1929 he co-founded the Campden Trust.
However, it is as a draughtsman and print-maker that Griggs is best known and this exhibition will highlight 40 of these works, many with a local slant, including his work for Macmillan to illustrate their guidebook series Highways and Byways, one of which was devoted to nearby Oxford and the Cotswolds (1905).
This exhibition curated by staff from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford will be on display at the Ashmolean Museum Broadway until September, and we are looking forward to visiting places through the summer that are depicted in these lovely works, thanks to a handy map which will form part of the exhibition.
On Friday 17th June there will be a talk on this exhibition by its curator. The talk starts at 5.00pm, costs £10 which includes a drink.
To book for the talk or for further details about events, entry, group bookings or accessibility, check the museum’s Website or contact Louise Carson the House Manager on 01386 859 047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.