Have you ever wanted to see more detailed photos of things that interest you? Are those postage stamp sized photos in art books too small? While researching Gibbons, I was often disappointed with pictures too small to help me understand the details of his work, or to try to imitate it with my own woodcarving. One of the purposes of our travel to Gibbons’ work is to bring higher resolution photos to people who want them.
Most of the photos on this site are my own, taken by me. I offer all of those photos as “public domain,” free for you to download and use as you please, without restrictions. For the legally minded, all of these images are offered under the Creative Commons Zero license, CC0. For more information about CC0, read the Human Readable Summary, or the Legal Code.
You may download and use any of my photos from this site (grinlinggibbonsphotos.com) as you desire. I reserve no rights, but would appreciate simple attribution if appropriate to your use.
Note Well: There are a few images on this site that are not mine and not available for your use or download. I have acquired those images from their owners with permission to use them on this site to help tell the story of Grinling Gibbons. Please respect these agreements. To be clear, please do not copy any image that carries a “with permission from…” caption.
Accessing the high-resolution images
The images shown on these pages are automatically scaled down to make transport and display efficient. You may access a high-resolution version of an image, by clicking on an image. The first click delivers an image that fills the space of your browser window. Click again to deliver the full resolution photo. Additionally, you can right-click and select “Save image as…” (or “Duplicate” on a Mac) to download the image to your computer or device.
Try it on the the picture of the statue at the top of this page.
Or, get to the full collection.
About image post processing
Almost all of the images you find here are the same size / resolution as my cameras produce. The only processing I do on the images is a simple color correction to ensure that the image matches the White Balance settings of the camera. That is the process which removes the bluish cast of fluorescent lights or the yellow cast of incandescent lights. Nothing more.
Well, almost. Two of the several hundred images have been cropped and adjusted to “square them up.” Sharp eyed observers might find them.
Yet more photo stuff … cameras and shooting techniques
Dad was a professional photographer who supported a family of 6 with his expertise. I learned all I know about photography (not nearly enough sometimes) from him. However, I don’t carry expensive professional grade cameras. Most of the photos on this site were taken with a reasonably capable, compact zoom digital camera, the Sony DSC WX300. I bought it for general travel photography several years before we even thought of our Gibbons tour. It has its limitations and I pressed the boundaries with some of the shooting situations, but I’m not disappointed.
I actually prefer what most museums request, no flash, no tripods. I’ve always preferred “available light” photography and managed to shoot most of these photos without flash … and handheld. The only exception are the photos of the “Stoning of St. Stephen” in the V & A museum. That piece is situated in a very dim corner and using flash was the only way to acquire even barely tolerable shots.
Skip Hines says
You’re photos are just the ticket during this Covid 19 period.
You really should put your trip/tour into a book, capturing it as Carvers.
Thank you for sharing your wealth of London.
Bob Easton says
Thanks Skip. I’m pleased that you enjoyed the photos.
Thankyou for sharing your Grinling Gibbons tour,
We believe that we may have a Grinling Chimney piece here in Australia, Coming from “The Hall” in Yorkshire Cira 1790.
however i have not been able to trace any providence of the Chimney Piece or of “The Hall”.
It may of come via an Antique Dealer in Mayfair London.
Can you help?
Also i have read with great interest about the King David Panel purchased at Auction in 2017 by the Fairfax House trust in York.
and was wondering about the value of such a magnificent piece.
yours in GG fascination.
Bob Easton says
Determining the authenticity of a Gibbons piece 350 years later might be a challenge. I certainly don’t know how to go about it, but am sending you a couple of names by email.
All the best in finding answers.
richard sainsbury says
Thankyou Bob i shall keep you posted many thanks