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Print - Ashwell
  • Ashwell
    Griggs, Frederick Landseer Maur, born 1876 - died 1938
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  • Object:


  • Date:

    1914 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Griggs, Frederick Landseer Maur, born 1876 - died 1938 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on laid paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE159A

Griggs (1876-1938) trained as a perspective artist for architects, and in the process became a sensitive and meticulous illustrator, building up a stock of topographic records that he later explored, enriched and transformed into lyrical images. Ashwell was etched in the spring of 1914. In retrospect, this portrait of rural tranquility seems a deliberate gesture to capture a golden age about to be lost in the Great War, but in fact Griggs had made the first drawing of this church for an illustrated guidebook as long ago as 1902. His visionary style was inspired by a number of artists, including the 17th-century Bohemian draughtsman and etcher Wenceslas Hollar and the English Romantic artists J. M. W. Turner and Samuel Palmer.

Physical description

monochrome view of a rural church


1914 (printed)


Griggs, Frederick Landseer Maur, born 1876 - died 1938 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

Signature; below the platemark; pencil


Height: 20.9 cm platemark, Width: 14.9 cm platemark, Height: 26.3 cm sheet, Width: 20 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Frederick Landseer Maur Griggs. Ashwell, second state, 1914

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Timmers, Margaret (Ed). Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection. London, V&A Publications, 2001.


Laid paper; Ink



Subjects depicted

Churches; Villages




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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