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This lecture deals among other things with work Grinling Gibbons undertook for royal palaces.  It shows in detail the technique by which the world famous lime wood carvings, realistic to the point of deception, were made and fixed in place.  The lecture contains an analysis of the changes made by Gibbons to the décor of the Queen’s Chapel of St James’s Palace (Inigo Jones) together with an account of his development as a designer from 1670-1699.

Launce Gribbin lectures in the history of art and architecture.  Early success as a painter led to the study of Art History at the Cortauld Institute, after which he worked at the V&A, the London College of Printing and then as a tutor in Sotheby’s Department of Educational Studies.