- Also known as
primary name: Gribelin, Simon
- individual; printmaker; designer; British; French; Male
- Life dates
- Arundel Street, the next turning down the King's Arms Tavern, next door to the White Lion (in 1690)
The corner house of Banbury Court in Long Acre, London (from at least 1707 until his death)
- Ornamental and metal engraver and designer. Born in Blois, to a Huguenot family of watchmakers and engravers, and fled to England before the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. He received his denization on 8 March 1682 ('Huguenot Society', XVIII p.145), and became a member of the Clockmakers' Company in 1686. He remained part of the immigrant French community, and the autograph annotations on his prints are always in French. He married in 1691 the daughter of the minister of the Huguenot church in Spitalfields. In 1690 he was living in Arundel Street, 'the next turning down the King's Arms Tavern, next door to the White Lion'. From at least 1707 until his death he lived at the corner house of Banbury Court in Long Acre, and his long career continued into the 1720s.
The chronology and principal content of Gribelin's oeuvre have been reconstructed by Sheila O'Connell from two albums of his prints that he assembled himself and that have survived in the British Museum (dated 1722) and at Strawberry Hill; a third smaller album is in Christ Church, Oxford (3-12). They show that he divided his time between engraving copper plates for printing, and decorative engraving on silver objects, whether large plate or smaller snuffboxes and watches, many made by his Huguenot friends (see C.Oman, 'English engraved silver 1150-1900', 1978, pp.72-81).
Almost all his engravings after old master paintings, among them the Raphael Cartoons and the Whitehall ceiling by Rubens, belong to the following century, as do his two sets of book illustrations. The only printseller with whom he ever collaborated was his fellow Frenchman Paul van Somer, and this was on two plates of Protestant significance: the Seven Bishops of 1688, and a portrait of the Duke of Schomberg, killed at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 (the latter they published jointly).
- Sheila O'Connell, 'Print Quarterly' II 1985, pp.27-38 (cat. of 16 nos, summary)