What to see this week
The Georgian town-house museum, Fairfax House in York, has launched an appeal for a final £60,000 to secure the purchase of this carved panel by the celebrated late-17th-century sculptor Grinling Gibbons. So far, it has raised just over £240,000 towards the purchase.
The boxwood panel was carved in York, where the sculptor settled after first arriving in England in about 1667. It’s his earliest attributed work, carved when he was about 20, and the only one that can be securely associated with his three-year sojourn in the city. It subsequently passed into the collection of the Fairfax family.
The imagery refers to King David’s laudatory Psalms 148 and 150 and is based on the 1589–93 painting The Performance of a Motet of Orlando di Lasso by Peter Candid. The panel is currently on display at Fairfax House in the newly opened exhibition ‘Made in York’ that celebrates artistic production in the 18th-century city.