ARCHITECTURE – F. L. GRIGGS Collection of over forty architectural drawings by Frederick Landseer Griggs, comprising elevations, floor plans and designs for private homes, churches and war memorials in the Cotswolds, 1914 to 1935; together with two engravings by Emery Walker of Merton College, Oxford (1912) and Wadham College, Oxford (1910) and his RA certificates
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ARCHITECTURE – F. L. GRIGGS
Collection of over forty architectural drawings by Frederick Landseer Griggs, comprising elevations, floor plans and designs for private homes, churches and war memorials in the Cotswolds, 1914 to 1935; together with two engravings by Emery Walker of Merton College, Oxford (1912) and Wadham College, Oxford (1910) and his RA certificates
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ARCHITECTURE – F. L. GRIGGS Collection of over forty architectural drawings by Frederick Landseer Griggs, comprising elevations, floor plans and designs for private homes, churches and war memorials in the Cotswolds, 1914 to 1935; together with two engravings by Emery Walker of Merton College, Oxford (1912) and Wadham College, Oxford (1910) and his RA certificates ARCHITECTURE – F. L. GRIGGS Collection of over forty architectural drawings by Frederick Landseer Griggs, comprising elevations, floor plans and designs for private homes, churches and war memorials in the Cotswolds, 1914 to 1935; together with two engravings by Emery Walker of Merton College, Oxford (1912) and Wadham College, Oxford (1910) and his RA certificates ARCHITECTURE – F. L. GRIGGS Collection of over forty architectural drawings by Frederick Landseer Griggs, comprising elevations, floor plans and designs for private homes, churches and war memorials in the Cotswolds, 1914 to 1935; together with two engravings by Emery Walker of Merton College, Oxford (1912) and Wadham College, Oxford (1910) and his RA certificates
ARCHITECTURE – F. L. GRIGGS
Collection of over forty architectural drawings by Frederick Landseer Griggs, comprising elevations, floor plans and designs for architectural features for private homes in the Cotswolds, such as 'Miles House, Chipping Campden', 'Cottage at Pike Corner, Campden for Major W.T. Hart', 'Proposed House in Water Lane', 'Additions to Ladywall, Broad Campden for the Countess of Gainsborough' and 'Alterations and additions to Westcote House, Campden'; a group of ecclesiastical plans including the 'Proposed Altar...for the South Aisle of St Catharine's Ch: Campden (1919)'; and plans for memorial crosses in Painswick, Chedworth, Blockley, Barlaston, Biddenham, Broadway, Chipping Campden and Snowshill, pencil and watercolour, many signed and annotated, some on tracing paper, 570 x 780mm. and smaller, 1914 to 1935; together with two engravings by Emery Walker of Merton College, Oxford (1912) and Wadham College, Oxford (1910)

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  • GRIGGS AND THE CHIPPING CAMPDEN SCHOOL

    These works by etcher, architect and illustrator Frederick Landseer Griggs epitomise the ideals of traditional skills and craftsmanship embodied by C. R. Ashbee's Guild and School of Handicraft at Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire. Griggs moved to Campden the year after the Guild's foundation in 1902 and remained there until his death in 1938. He made his name as an illustrator in the visionary pastoral tradition of William Blake and Samuel Palmer, particularly for his work in the Highways and Byways series of county guidebooks. As an architect, Griggs collaborated with Ernest Gimson and the Sapperton group of craftsmen and worked primarily on small-scale local domestic projects such as these, his plans showing a precise, modern mediaevalism in the tradition of the Cotswold vernacular.

    Arguably his major achievement lay in the war memorials he designed after the First World War for which we have plans for no less than eight in this collection – 'These works, done without payment, continue to adorn the Gloucestershire countryside... each was designed to be appropriate to its setting and the history of the site. Griggs was now producing his most ambitious designs, towering compositions of Gothic spires and turrets, deliberately archaic, expressing his sense of the symbolic and emotional grandeur of the past contrasted to the present... visions which attracted a disillusioned post-war society' (Justine Hopkins, ODNB). His influence went beyond the Arts and Crafts movement, as mentor to both Graham Sutherland and John Piper – 'The sequence from Blake to Sutherland traces a history of the English spirit, but only when Griggs is recognized at its centre' (Jerrold Northrop Moore, F. L. Griggs, The Architecture of Dreams, Oxford, 1999).

    Two certificates, one appointing Griggs an associate of the Royal Academy, signed by Aston Webb as President, 3 July 1922, and another appointing him a full member of the Royal Academy, signed by George V, 23 November 1931, are included with the collection, which comes by direct descent from the family of the artist.
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