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  • Date:

    May 21, 1870 (printed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Letterpress on newpaper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the Assistance of the Friends of the National Libraries

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 190

Physical description

Two newspaper cuttings about the work of Grinling Gibbons stuck onto either side of a sheet of lined exercise book paper with a pen and ink inscription signed with William Harry Rogers's monogram up one side.


May 21, 1870 (printed)

Materials and Techniques

Letterpress on newpaper

Marks and inscriptions

'mr gurdon Rebow kindly allowed me to have / this Photograph of the Chandos carving. gibbons / would be about 36 when it was executed - / when it was on View at Christies about 40 years / ago it had a slight carved drapery at top and more than half way down the sides.' / WHR
On the left side of the sheet of paper beside the narrowest newspaper cutting.; Handwriting; ink


Height: 22.6 cm, Width: 18.1 cm

Object history note

The newspaper cuttings, one of which is from 'Chamber's Journal' refer to the work of Grinling Gibbons. Gibbons's work was much admired, conserved by and the inspiration of William Gibbs Rogers, famous wood-carver, and the father of W.Harry Rogers. It is part of the W.Harry Rogers Archive and to quote the information on the archive provided by 'RW' on 6 February 1998 on the registered file 1997/1476:-

'It is extraordinarily rare to have this sort of documentation at this level of production for the middle decades of the 19th century. The fact the (sic) the state of the designs ranges from rough sketches to finished drawings and proofs allows the pieces to document the design process very closely.'

Descriptive line

Newspaper cuttings about Grinling Gibbons from the W.H.Rogers Archive.




Letterpress; Handwriting




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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