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An image of The Almonry by Frederick Landseer Griggs

Frederick Landseer Griggs

(England 30 Oct 1876 – 07 Jun 1938)

The Almonry
Media category
Materials used
v of 7 states

24.3 x 16.7 cm platemark; 26.5 x 18.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r. sheet, pencil "F.L. Griggs" and l.r., [incised plate] "FLG". Not dated.
Purchased 2001
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Griggs worked on the copper plate of 'The Almonry' for many months before it was ready to print, resulting in his most elaborate composition. The aerial perspective - the illusion of a wintry atmosphere, through which we can see the pinnacles and buttresses of the church in the distance - is a marvel of technical achievement. This scene of Gothic buildings, peopled with waits and poor travellers, under freshly fallen snow, is Griggs' most magical evocation of Medieval England.

Bibliography (5)

Francis Adams Comstock, A Gothic vision: F. L. Griggs and his work, IV 'Triumphs 1924-1928', pg. 23-26, Boston, 1966, 23, 154-157, 158 (illus.). no. 34

Campbell Dodgson, The print collector’s quarterly, 'The later etched work of F.L. Griggs, R.A.', London, 1933, 326-328, 329 (illus.).

Jerrold Northrop Moore, F.L. Griggs: The Architecture of Dreams, 'The once and future perfect', pg. 144-183, Oxford, 1999, cover (illus.), 170-172, 173 (illus.), 174-175, 178-179. figure 100

Peter Raissis, Whistler to Freud: Etchings in Great Britain, Sydney, 2001, (illus.). 36

Malcolm C Salaman, Modern masters of etching: F.L. Griggs, A.R.A., R.E., 'Introduction', pg.1-10, London, 1926, 6, 10, (illus.). plate XII

Exhibition history (1)

Whistler to Freud: etching in Great Britain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Aug 2001–11 Nov 2001