GRINLING GIBBONS TERCENTENARY

Grinling Gibbons Tercentenary Exhibition
"CENTURIES IN THE MAKING"
3-27 August at Bonhams

Among the great treasures that All Hallows houses is, of course, the extraordinary font cover carved by the visionary artist and sculptor, Grinling Gibbons. It was commissioned from him by Mr James Foyle in 1682 as a gift for the church and Gibbons was paid a whole £12 for the work!

2021 marks the 300th anniversary of his death and we are delighted to have been asked by the Grinling Gibbons Society to be part of their celebratory exhibition in London. The All Hallows font cover forms a stunning centrepiece to the exhibition, entitled Centuries in the Making, which is taking place at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, W1 from 10am-4.30pm Monday-Friday between 3rd-27th August. Admission is free - for more details, see: https://grinling-gibbons.org/event/exhibition-bonhams/

If, in the flurry of celebrations at the last baptism you attended in church, you didn’t get the chance to inspect this glorious construction, then the exhibition will be a wonderful chance to spend some time with the piece.

If you cannot get into London to see it, why not have a look at this amazing 3-D on-line model, created by software designer Dave Fletcher? It is possible to move the model with your computer mouse so you can see into all the details from every side (the file is quite a large one so be patient while it loads!).

And, of course, in September the font cover will be back in its usual position in the Baptistry at All Hallows, so do come and pay us a visit to see it then.