Person    | Male  Born 22/2/1882  Died 17/11/1940

Eric Gill

Categories: Art, Craft / Design, Sculpture

Sculptor. Born Brighton. One of thirteen children of a clergyman, he remained religious all his life. Passionate believer in the "carving direct" method. His sculptures would sometimes depict controversial passions and his own transgressive sexual passions extended to a long incestuous relationship with his sister. Had strong views on what people should wear. Women, being inferior should cover up. Wrote a book on the effect of trousers on men's bits 'Trousers & The Most Precious Ornament'.

Studied under Johnston and assisted with the creation of the Johnston sans typeface. Then designed his own, the Gill Sans typeface. A 'compare and contrast' is fascinating. In 1914 was invited to design the Great Seal for George V. The design was accepted but never produced because WW1 intervened. More interestingly, at the time no one seems to have spotted that the king's mount was shown in the urination position. A mistake (or piss-take?) repeated by Hardiman in his statue of the mounted Earl Haig in 1937. Gill died Harefield Hospital, Uxbridge.

Other works in London include: relief sculptures on 55 Broadway (3 of the 8 Winds); Prospero and Ariel and others on Broadcasting House; Stations of the cross in Westminster Cathedral; Moorfields; and Doves Bindery and Press plaque (possibly).

2023: For a taste of the on-going controversy that surrounds Gill see the Daily Mail outrage regarding the BBC repairing the vandalised Prospero and Ariel.

This section lists the memorials created by the subject on this page:
Eric Gill

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British Museum War Memorial

Designed and carved by Eric Gill.

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Edward VII Galleries, British Museum

So, all the sevens then. Eric Gill designed and carved this memorial.

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People's Palace

The plaque names only 6 relief panels but there are 7, music being represente...

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W. H. Hudson Memorial

The sculpture represents Rima, the nature-spirit heroine of Hudson's book "Gr...

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Other Subjects

Winifred Turner

Winifred Turner

Sculptor. Born London, daughter of Alfred. From our Picture source, Sotherbys: "With her head turned and her legs elegantly crossed, Thought is carefully balanced in taut and balletic pose. ... Win...

Person, Art

2 memorials
Jane Loudon

Jane Loudon

Author and pioneer of science fiction. Born near Birmingham as Jane Webb. Wrote "The Mummy!: Or a Tale of the Twenty-Second Century" and published it in 1827, anonymously. This was reviewed favour...

Person, Art, Gardens / Agriculture, Literature

1 memorial
Leighton Fund

Leighton Fund

Originated as the bequest left by Lord Leighton in 1896. Bob Speel provides some useful information about what the fund has bought. The newspaper article quoted at Sloane Square fountain contains:...

Group, Art, Benefactor

3 memorials
The Arts Club

The Arts Club

Private members club founded by, amongst others, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and Lord Leighton. "This Club is instituted for the purpose of facilitating the social intercourse of those conne...

Group, Art, Community / Clubs

2 memorials
Sir Frederic William Burton

Sir Frederic William Burton

Born County Clare, Ireland. Watercolour painter and art administrator. Appointed director of the National Gallery 1874 and knighted in 1884. Died 43 Argyle Road, Kensington.

Person, Art, Museums / Libraries, Ireland

1 memorial