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Frederick L. Griggs R.A., R.E.   
Hitchin 1876 1938 Chipping Campden

Frederick Griggs | St Botolph’s Bridge | Etching | Elizabeth Harvey-Lee

St Botolph’s Bridge (No.1)
Comstock 19 iv/iv
147 x 115 mm

Etching, 1917. Signed and dated in the plate in reverse. Also signed in pencil. Entitled in pencil by Griggs at the foot of the sheet. Published state, the plate reduced at the left and the birds added. Edition of 50. On old laid paper. Palely light-stained.

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Just as Palmer created his convincing later romantic landscapes from a mixture of diverse elements he has observed in the Italian or English countryside, the majority of Griggs’ architectural images are invented but believable gothic buildings.

The imaginary chapel of St Botolph astride the bridge, is named for the East Anglian Benedictine abbot, a patron saint of travellers in the Middle Ages. Comstock describes it as symbolic of the Church watching over the doings of mankind; Jerrold Northop Moore as a metaphor of pilgrimage.

The Latin inscription on the bridge is from the 11th and 12th verses of the 91st Psalm, which translates as “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”

 


The introductory text to the Samuel Palmer Legacy exhibition includes further information about Frederick Griggs.