JONES, Vivian Massie Doyle

1888 - 1932

As Vivian Massie Gribble, she was born at Chelsea, London in 1888, the third of the six children of George James Gribble (1847-16 June 1927), a Manchester & general warehouseman, and his wife Norah née Royds, who married at Chester in 1881, Norah was also an artist and her husband left ofver 300,000 at his death in 1927. Vivian studied at the Slade and the Central School of Art and Design under Noel Rooke (1881-1953), and clearly made an early impression on her teachers as in 1912, the year that Rooke began teaching wood engraving there, Gribble was commissioned to produce five wood engravings for an edition of 'Three Psalms' designed by John Henry Mason (c.1875-26 February 1951). In 1916, Mason was impressed enough to ask her to produce 12 wood engravings for an edition of 'Cupid and Psyche' by Apuleius but did not appear until 1935. In 1919, Gribble was asked to contribute three wood engravings to 'Change 2', a small format magazine that reflected the zeitgeist of the period; in the same year Malcolm Salaman (1855-1940) included her wood engravings in his Studio anthology. In 1911, a 22 year old living at Biddlesden House, near Andover, Wiltshire with her parents, 64 year old George and 51 year old Norah with three siblings, Norah Legrand 25, Philip Legrand 19 and Julian Royds 14, and they retained nine indoor servants. During the First World War she joined the Land Army. Her brother Julian, who won the V.C., died of influenza right at the end of the war and Vivian designed a memorial window for him. She married at St George's Hanover Square, London in 1919, Douglas Doyle Jones [q.v.] and they set up home at Higham, near Hadleigh, Suffolk. After several miscarriages the couple adopted a daughter Daphne Christobel. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1923-1924, from Valley Farm, Higham, Colchester, but does not seem to have exhibited, she had a restless temperament, tending to lose interest in projects when her initial wish was gratified. She exhibited in the second exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers in 1921, and continued to do so until 1925. Gribble worked with Balston to produce three books in a luxurious format, the first was an edition of 380 signed copies of 'Sixe Idillia' by Theocritus, printed at the Cloister Press under the supervision of Stanley Morison. This was followed in 1923 by 'Odes' by John Keats in an edition of 170 signed copies and in 1924, an edition of 150 signed copies of 'Songs from 'The Princess' by Tennyson. Her final commission was in 1926 when MacMillan published an edition of 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' by Thomas Hardy with 41 wood engravings by Gribble. She died of cancer at Higham on 6 February 1932, aged 43. Her work is represented in several national collections, the British Museum, the Central School and the Fitzwilliam Museum.








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