Grinling Gibbons(1648-1721), Woodcarver and sculptor
Sitter in 10 portraits
An immigrant from Rotterdam, Grinling Gibbons became Britain's greatest decorative woodcarver. He is best known for his realistic and fluid limewood carvings of swags and festoons of fruit, flowers and game for architectural interiors. He was also a skilled stone sculptor.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below