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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 - Block I (From '25 Nudes')

Block I (From '25 Nudes')

1938

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Gill - Block III (From '25 Nudes')

Block III (From '25 Nudes')

1938

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Gill - Block VI (From '25 Nudes')

Block VI (From '25 Nudes')

1938

Wood engraving

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Gill - Block VIII (From '25 Nudes')

Block VIII (From '25 Nudes')

1938

Wood engraving

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Gill - Block X (From '25 Nudes')

Block X (From '25 Nudes')

1938

Wood engraving

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Gill - Block XII (From '25 Nudes')

Block XII (From '25 Nudes')

1938

Wood engraving

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Gill - Block XIII (From '25 Nudes')

Block XIII (From '25 Nudes')

1938

Wood engraving

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Gill - Block XIV (From '25 Nudes')

Block XIV (From '25 Nudes')

1938

Wood engraving

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Gill - Block XV (From '25 Nudes')

Block XV (From '25 Nudes')

1938

Wood engraving

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