Two Exhibitions at Compton Verney

Date(s) - 19th Jan 2022

Compton Verney


Grinling Gibbons: Centuries in the Making and John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace

This exhibition will celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721) as part of a year-long series of events to commemorate the tercentenary of the most renowned British woodcarver of the 17th century, often called the ‘Michelangelo of Wood.’.

Centuries in the Making will explore the influences that shaped Gibbons’ vision, his skills and techniques, and the stylistic and cultural impact that he had on this country. Through sculpture and carving in wood and stone, drawings and sketches, portraits, still life paintings and documents, the exhibition brings fresh perspective to Gibbons and shows how his bold new direction changed the landscape of British carving, sculpture and interiors. The influence of Gibbons will be traced to the present day, with works by contemporary artists and designers including Phoebe Cummings, Rebecca Stevenson and Alexander McQueen.

We are offered a rare opportunity to see the most comprehensive major exhibition of work in over 50 years by John Nash (1893-1977), one of the most versatile and prolific artists of the 20th century. Combining acute observation and a strong individual vision Nash’s oeuvre includes many of the finest depictions of the British landscape created in the 20th century. Often overshadowed by his brother and fellow artist Paul Nash, John Nash has not been the subject of a major exhibition since the Royal Academy’s retrospective exhibition of his work in 1967, which at this time was also an unprecedented honour for a living Royal Academician.  Nash was one of a small number of artists who were Official War Artists in both the First and Second World Wars.

Compton Verney is a Georgian mansion set 120 acres of stunning parkland, designed by Lancelot `Capability` Brown. We invite you to wander the grounds at your leisure to discover the walks round the lake, The Ice House and the recently restored Georgian chapel.  The gallery houses a permanent collection as well as these touring exhibitions. It offers a café/restaurant and gift shop, lifts to all floors, as well as many outdoor seating areas for picnics. There is a shuttle bus from the car park to the art gallery for those unable to walk longer distances.

Morning Refreshments are included on arrival at Compton Verney.

Group Leaders: Martha Alleguen and Sue Pearce

Cost per person: £35 or £21.10 for Compton Verney members (proof of membership to be shown on the day)

Pick up points:  9.30 Evesham Road, Pump Room bus stop (townbound); 9.40 Royal Well; 9.50 Six Ways, St Edwards Bus stop.

We aim to be back in Cheltenham at about 4pm.

If you have any questions please phone Martha on 01242 526601.

Terms and conditions for our trips and talks can be found here.

Please book using one of the following options:

  • On-line bookings with a debit or credit card can be made using the form below. Alternatively you may reserve your place, select the ‘off-line’ payment option and pay by bank transfer or cheque.
  • Bank transfer – please email and wait for confirmation that places are available before arranging your bank transfer.
  • Cheque – please complete a booking form (download here or available in the Friends’ newsletter) and post it with your cheque.

Places are not confirmed until payment is received.

Bank transfers should be made to Friends of The Wilson (or as much of that as the bank will accept) Sort Code 30-91-87 Account 00005816. The reference must include your surname plus as much of the event title as will fit, for example SMITH CVerney.

Please make cheques payable to Friends of The Wilson and send with a SAE or clearly written email address to Martha Alleguin,7 Sydenham Road South, Cheltenham GL52 6EF.


Bookings are now closed for this event.