Eric Gill (1882-1940)

Sculptor, artist and designer. Eric Gill was born in Brighton and went to art school in Chichester, before becoming a pupil of the architect W.D. Caröe. After establishing a community of catholic artists at Ditchling he then moved to Wales at Capel-y-ffin, Monmouthshire. in 1924. After 1926 his time at the former monastery was intermittent and he left in 1928. Among works executed during this period are 'Deposition' (stone carving) - King's School, Canterbury; engravings for Enid Clay [his sister], Sonnets & Verses (1925); wood engravings for Song of Songs (Golden Cockerel Press); E Powys Mathers' Procreant Hymn (1926) and Passio Domini (c.1926).

A gallery of images by Gill including many biblical subjects can be found on the Tate Collection pages.

Further reading

Eric Rowan and Carolyn Stewart, An Elusive Tradition: Art and Society in Wales 1870-1950 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2002), pp. 154-84.

Fiona MacCarthy, Eric Gill (London: Faber & Faber, 1989).

Jonathan Miles, Eric Gill & David Jones at Capel-y-ffin (Bridgend: Seren, 1992).

Malcolm Yorke, Eric Gill, Man of Flesh & Spirit (London: Constable, 1981).

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Illustrations from Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi
artist: Eric Gill
publisher: Golden Cockerel Press
School of Art Collection, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

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