Grinling Gibbons

Grinling Gibbons

Hampton Court Palace

Wood carver

1648-1721

A Hampton Court personality

Gibbons carved the intricate fruit, flowers and animals that you can see in King William III’s State Apartments at Hampton Court Palace and the Orangery at Kensington Palace. 

You can also see his wonderful lime wood carvings in many grand country houses across England, such as Petworth and Chatsworth.

A Dutchman, Gibbons became highly sought after being discovered by the diarist John Evelyn, who saw him at work through a window and introduced him to wealthy patrons.

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