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Born in 1876, the son of a Hitchin baker, F.L. Griggs initially trained as an architect. His career as an artist was assured by a commission from Macmillan in 1900 to illustrate their guidebook series Highways and Byways. In 1905 he moved permanently to Chipping Campden, later becoming the foremost etcher of his generation, producing topographical and imaginative works recording his intensely Romantic vision of a lost or vanishing England strongly influenced by the work of Samuel Palmer.

This exhibition of etchings, drawings, and watercolours spaned Griggs’s career. Based upon the Ashmolean’s unrivalled holdings, it included works not previously exhibited as well as loans from private collections. Held in the 140th anniversary of his birth, this was the first opportunity in over fifteen years to examine the range of Griggs’s achievement and is displayed in the Cotswold locality that he made his own.