Author(s): Jerrold Northrop Moore
F. L. Griggs (1876-1938) was universally acclaimed as one of the finest etchers of his time. Most of his subjects are architectural; some show actual places, whilst others are constructs from a rich arts-and-crafts imagination. Hitherto a largely unrecognized figure in British Romantic art, Griggs' work links that of Turner, Blake and Samuel Palmer with the Neo-Romantics Graham Sutherland and John Piper. Griggs was one of the first etchers elected to full membership of the Royal Academy. He was a leading member of the Art Workers' Guild, and was elected its Master in 1934 in succession to the foremost British architect of his generation, Sir Edwin Lutyens. This scholarly detailed account of Griggs' life fills an important gap, and Jerrold Northrop Moore writes with advocacy and passion on the subject of this talented artist's powerful works.
"Moore has given us Griggs' life and an account of his prints, paintings and drawings, and of all his efforts to preserve Chipping Campden from spoliation. It has been a labour of love and dedication, and should be esteemed as such... We may thank two American writers for generously bringing to us
the life and work of one of out great English printmakers, and capturing for us, in their turn, a vision of England long gone."--Visual Resources
Jerrold Northrop Moore is a biographer whose work includes studies of Elgar and his music, and editions of Elgar's letters.