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Eric Gill was born in 1882 in Brighton, Sussex, his father was a non-conformist minister. Gill was a sculptor, engraver, typographic designer, and writer, especially known for his elegantly styled lettering and typefaces and the precise linear simplicity of his bas-reliefs.

Gill spent two years in an art school in Chichester and in 1899 worked for a London architect. In 1902 he turned to letter carving after studying in his spare time at the new Central School of Arts and Crafts with Edward Johnston, a pioneer in the revival of lettering. From then until 1910, he worked as a carver of tombstones, although by 1909 he had turned to figure sculpture. By 1912 his success as a sculpture was established, and notably he carved the Stations of the Cross for Westminster Cathedral in 1914-18, the relief Prospero and Ariel over the main entrance of Broadcasting House, in London and three bas-reliefs entitled The Creation of Adam in the lobby of the council hall of the Palace of Nations at Geneva.

He and Douglas Pepler founded St. Dominics Press in 1915. Gill contributed wood engravings and lettering for the press and also began his provocative writings on the relationship of religion to the workman and to art. In 1924 he was asked to do engravings for the Golden Cockerel Press. Typefaces he designed included Perpetua, Gill Sans Serif, Joanna, and Bunyan.

Gill was made an associate of the Royal Academy in 1937 and of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1938. His books include Christianity and Art (1927), Work and Property (1937), and Autobiography (1940).

Eric Gill died in Middlesex in 1940.

Artworks

Gill - Death be not Proud

Death be not Proud

1938

Wood engraving

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Gill - The Man of Law's Tale

The Man of Law's Tale

1929

Wood engraving

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Gill - The Monk's Tale

The Monk's Tale

1929

Wood engraving

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Gill - The Reeve's Tale

The Reeve's Tale

1928

Wood engraving

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Gill - Borders from the Canterbury Tales

Borders from the Canterbury Tales

1930

Wood engraving

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Gill - Border - Chaucer Writing

Border - Chaucer Writing

1927

Wood engraving

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Gill - Border - Chaucer and Cupid

Border - Chaucer and Cupid

1927

Wood engraving

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Gill - Yahoo

Yahoo

1926

Copper engraving

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Gill - Girl in Bath

Girl in Bath

1922

Wood engraving

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