Gill, Eric

(1882 – 1940)

A plate from Eric Gill's original copper engravings for The Procreant Hymn, 1926


SKU: 10450

Chine appliqu√© on tinted paper

Chine applique, engravings posthumously  printed  from the original plates in a limited edition of five sets

Ordinary designs

God Sending P359, 11.1 x 8.6 cm, 

Earth Waiting P360, 11.1 x 8.6 cm, 

Earth Inviting P361, 11.1 x 8.6 cm, 

Dalliance P362, 11.1 x 8.6 cm, 

Earth Receiving P363, 11.1 x 8.6 cm, 

Alternative designs

God Sending P364, 11.1 x 8.7 cm, 

Earth Inviting P365, 12.1 x 8.6 cm, 

Earth Wrestling P366, 12.1 x 5.5 cm, 

Earth Receiving P367, 12.1 x 8.6 cm, 

Yahoo P411, 11.1 x 8.6 cm 

Height: 11cm
Width: 8.6cm

8 in stock


The Artist’s Estate

 Chine appliqué (also called a chine collé) print is created by making an impression onto a thin sheet of China paper (in the case of the Gill prints  a hand coloured Japanese Kozo paper) which is  then  backed by a strong, thicker sheet (here a 300g German paper Hahnem√ºhle).

Procreant Hymn by E Powys Mathers was originally published by The Golden Cockerel Press in 1926 with five copper engravings ‘God Sending’ (P359), ‘Earth Waiting’ (P360),’ Earth Inviting’ P(361), ‘Dalliance’ (P362) and ‘Earth Receiving’ (P363) in an edition of 175. In addition 25 copies were provided with an extra suite of 4 alternative designs of a more erotic nature entitled ‘God Sending’ (P364), ‘Earth Inviting’ (P365), ‘Earth Wrestling’ (P366) and ‘Earth Receiving’ (P367). 

In addition to the impressions printed for the edition Gill issued a signed and numbered edition of 15 impressions of the ordinary engravings (P359 – P363) and 25 of the alternative designs (P365 – P367). Douglas Cleverdon used ‘Earth Waiting’ (P360) as one of the plates in The Engravings of Eric Gill published in 1929 in an edition of 490.

Eric Gill subsequently made an additional engraving Yahoo (P411) on the reverse of Earth Inviting (P360) which was not editioned and only a few impressions are known. Martyn Grimmer has now made the first edition of this engraving in an edition of 50 impressions.

Exhibited: Sanctuary, Artist-Gardeners, 1919-39, Garden Museum, London, 25th February – 5 April, 2020

Literature: Christopher Woodward, Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners, 1919–1939, published by Liss Llewellyn, 2020

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Gill, Eric

1882 – 1940

Sculptor, engraver, letter-carver and typographer, born in Brighton, Sussex, the son of a Congregationalist minister and always referred to as Eric Gill. He became articled to W.H. Carse, architect to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners in London in 1900. Gill attended evening classes at Central School of Arts & Crafts who studied letter design under Edward Johnston, he also began to carve in stone. By 1904, he was making a living from letter engraving and in 1910 began making figure sculpture and held his first solo exhibition at the Chenil Gallery, London, 1911 and about this time made several visits to the little-known Leeds Art Club. He set up an artistic community or artists colony in Ditchling, Sussex and was converted to Roman Catholicism in 1913.

In 1924, he moved to Capel-y-ffin in Wales and over the next four years produced much of his greatest engraved work, mainly for Gibbing’s Golden Cockerel Press. He moved again to High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in 1928 and though a controversial figure in that his sexual improprieties remained in conflict with his Catholic faith, Gill is nowadays regarded as one of the greatest craftsmen of the 20th century, a typographer and letter cutter of skill and a masterly wood engraver. Gill was appointed RDI in 1936 one of the Royal Society of Arts earliest recipients and was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

Gill was a member of the Art Workers’ Guild, Society of Wood Engravers and contributed articles to various publications including Industrial Arts in 1936. Retrospective exhibition venues include Kettle’s Yard, 1979 and the Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1992-93 which also toured the UK. His prints are regularly exhibited at KHG, Marlborough, Wiltshire and previously at the Piccadilly Gallery. Examples of his work particularly his prints are in the collections of the V&A, BM, Brighton Art Gallery, Doncaster Art Gallery, Museums Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent Art Gallery and Hull University.

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Eric Gill
Standing Female Nude (from Twenty-five Nudes), c 1938