Cox, T., The Engraved Werk of Eric Gill (1963)
The Victoria and Albert museum houses a unique collection of his work, including a lifetime of personal copies donated posthumously by his widow. This collection displays a sampling of that body of work. Although these black and white images all show the harsh contrast inherent in relief prints, many also display a grace and sensuality sure to appeal to many modern readers. The individual works vary widely, but many embody a style that owes as much to Art Nouveau as to Art Deco. On second thought, it might be better to say that both of those traditions owe much to Gill.
Eric Gill has never been easy to pigeonhole: a socialist Catholic, a spiritually minded family man, a keen and active admirer of female and typographic curves alike. For many decades, Gill — a stonecarver, graphic artist, type designer and writer — has been one of the most fascinating figures on the British design scene (although, as he explains in his own inimitable style, he is not particularly fond of “design”). We are extremely proud to have struck up a dialogue with one of the great letter makers of the twentieth century. Meet Eric Gill, a man in love with letters and life.
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