Eric Gill

(1882—1940) artist, craftsman, and social critic

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stone‐carver, engraver, and typographer, who cut lettering and designed types, among them Perpetua and Gill Sans‐serif. He settled in Ditchling in 1907, where a community of craftsmen and artists began to gather round him including D. Jones. He worked for some years from 1914 on a commission to carve the Stations of the Cross for Westminster Cathedral. From 1924 he was associated with the Golden Cockerel Press, for which he illustrated many books, including The Four Gospels and Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde. In his writings Gill proclaimed the religious basis of art, the validity of craftsmanship in the machine age, and the holiness of the body (many of his early works were erotic); his works include Art‐Nonsense and Other Essays (1929), The Necessity of Belief (1936), and an Autobiography (1940).

Subjects: Art — Literature.

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