Sculpture pieces by designer Eric Gill, including Mother and Child and A Roland for an Oliver, will be on show as part of the Royal Academy’s Wild Thing exhibition, London, from 24 October to 24 January.
Eric Gill was one of the most colourful figures in early 20th century art, despite the majority of his prints being in black and white. Sculptor, typographer, and writer, it was the unequalled clarity of line of his engravings that have made his work so sought after.
Gill’s subject matter swung between the deeply religious and the highly erotic, a direct echo of his eccentric life.
His prints first appeared invariably in tiny editions or as illustrations in limited edition books, such as those he illustrated for the Golden Cockerel Press.
We are fortunate that in 1929 his friend and publisher, Douglas Cleverdon, produced a book of his prints, all printed from the original blocks. This was followed 5 years later by a second similar book, this time published by Faber.