Brighton, 1882 – Middlesex, 1940
Pencil on paper
Signed with monogram and dated 15.10.37 (lower right)
22.3 x 14 cm
Christie’s South Kensington, 24 October 2007, lot 80;
Private Collection, England.
A typeface designer and printmaker as well as a fine sculptor, Eric Gill is one of the most interesting British artists of the first half of the 20th Century. Around 1910 he began carving stone figures from his home in Ditchling, Sussex, his semi-abstract, iconic figures – starting with Mother and Child (1912) soon establishing his name.
The present drawing relates to preparatory studies made by Eric Gill for sculpture in the mid- and late-1930s. See for instance a study for a sculpture at Ratcliffe College from 1935, formerly in the collection of David Bowie (Private Collection; fig. 1).
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