GRIBBLE, Ernest Robert

1885 - 1964

Ernest Robert Gribble

Born at Marylebone, London in 1885, son of John Gribble (1850-1931), cabinet manufacturer in Tottenham Court Road, London, and his wife Louisa née Jeffery (1851-1925) who married at Plymouth on 6 June 1870, Bernard Emmanuel Finnigan Gribble (1872-1962), the marine and portrait painter were related and who, although not a member of Ipswich Art Club exhibited from 53 Clifton Hill, London NW in 1929, two paintings 'Bridport, Dorset' and 'Poole Harbour, Dorset'. In 1911, Ernest was a cabinet maker working for his father at 135 Chapter Road, Cricklewood, London and trained at the London School of Arts and Crafts, under Professor Letherby. He came to Ipswich about 1912, and after service in the Royal Flying Corps, married in 1918, Eleanor Mary Woolmer [Gribble q.v.] Ernest worked for reproduction antique furniture manufacturers, Frederick Tibbenham Ltd of Turret Lane, Ipswich where he became factory manager and was in charge of refurbishments at the Dorchester, London and of Deacon's Bank. His main work was in furniture and woodwork and was the author, with Herbert Cescinsky, of 'Early English Furniture and Woodwork' 1922 and an article in Burlington Magazine 'Westminster Hall and its Roof' (Vol. 40, No. 227, Feb 1922) and was a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and was awarded an MBE for his work. An honorary member at the Ipswich Art Club 1925-1964, but does not seem to have exhibited. In 1939 a factory manager cabinet maker, living at 17 Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich with his wife Eleanor Mary and he died at Ipswich in 1964, aged 79.