Thursday 2nd August sees the opening at Court Barn Museum of an exhibition devoted to Chipping Campden’s most distinguished artist, Frederick Griggs (1876-1938).

Griggs is best known as a master of the art of etching – he was the first etcher to be appointed a Royal Academician. He was the link between Samuel Palmer, the mid-19th century visionary artist, and the generation of the mid-20th century, particularly Graham Sutherland, on whom Griggs had a profound influence.

However, this exhibition is of a much rarer group of work: Griggs’s drawings and watercolours, which ‘run as a thread of gold’ thorough his black and white work, in the words of Dr J. N. Moore, Griggs’s biographer, who has contributed an Introduction to the catalogue.

Ranging from early drawings completed before the First World War, to the artist’s last watercolour, made in 1938, only months before his death, the exhibition includes several of Griggs’s acknowledged masterpieces in the medium, such as Valley Farms of 1917, The Pass of 1922, and Sunset in the Cotswolds of 1936.

All of the loans come from private collections, with the exception of two from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The largest group belongs to a local family, which enjoyed strong ties of friendship with Griggs himself.

Colin Harrison, Deputy Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, will give a talk on Griggs at Court Barn on Thursday 9th August (tickets available from Court Barn.) 

The exhibition runs from Thursday 2 August – Sunday 7 October 2012
For information please contact Carole Reynolds, Administrator:
[email protected]
01386 841951.

Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE
Admission charges
Adults £4; Concessions (students, senior citizens) £3.25; Children under 16 are free
Opening times
April – September: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 5pm
October – March: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 4pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays) and Closed 24 Dec, reopening second Tuesday in January.

Court Barn Museum is an independent museum and the brainchild of a group of local enthusiasts called the Guild of Handicraft Trust. The museum was created through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and monies raised by the Guild of Handicraft Trust.
This groundbreaking museum, situated in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, tells the story of how a small town, in a beautiful setting, became a gathering place for creative people at the start of the 20th Century and continues to attract designers and makers today. Highlights include work by C.R. Ashbee, F.L Griggs and Katharine Adams.

Source: Court Barn Museum