Griggs began work on Epiphany in November 1918, originally intending it as a Christmas gift to his family and friends to celebrate the end of the First World War. The inscription is the first and second antiphons (a short sentence sung or recited before or after a hymn) of the first Vespers of Christmas in the Roman Catholic Breviary, celebrating Christ as the King of Peace.

The roofless houses symbolise the devastation of the First World War as well as the possibility of renewal. The three-way bridge was inspired by the Trinity Bridge at Crowland, while the crucifix resembles Griggs’s design of 1919 for the Chipping Campden war memorial. This would later bear the name of his son, John, killed at the Battle of Anzio in 1944.


  • Title


  • Artist/maker

    Frederick Landseer Maur Griggs (1876 - 1938) (printmaker)
  • Associated place

    Europe (place of creation)
  • Date

    1918 - 1919
  • Material and technique


  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    platemark/image 17.6 x 11.1 cm (height x width)
    sheet 31.1 x 23 cm (height x width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by Arthur Mitchell, 1962.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Comstock, Francis Adams, A Gothic Vision: F.L. Griggs and His Work (Boston and Oxford, 1966), 23 II/II, p.112, illus. 113

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