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RODERIC DUNNETT reports on the recent activities of
Elgar authority Jerrold Northrop Moore


F.L.Griggs: St Botolph's Bridge no 2, 1936-37 (etching)An extensive exhibition of etchings by the celebrated illustrator F.L. Griggs has just opened (Tuesday 2nd November) at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and runs until 9th January 2000.

F.L.Griggs (1876-1938) was the subject of Jerrold Northrop Moore's lecture given at the recent Cheltenham Festival of Literature, and he is also the subject of Northrop Moore's beautifully illustrated new study of the artist, F.L.Griggs : The Architecture of Dreams, just published in hardback by Oxford University Press (ISBN 0-19-817407-1) at GBP 70.00.

Jerrold Northrop Moore, who is a widely-respected authority on the music of Sir Edward Elgar and also editor of Elgar's extensive correspondence, sees Griggs - who in his early years was an architectural draughtsman and illustrator of the famous Highways and Byways guides to the English countryside - as a key figure in the tradition of graphic artists stretching from William Blake and Samuel Palmer to 20th Century figures such as Graham Sutherland.

F.L.Griggs: Fen Monastery, 1923-26 (etching)

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