Eric Gill was a typographer and lettercutter whose typefaces still feature in our lives, especially his Perpetua and Gill Sans. He was also a sculptor and wood-engraver. He was a key personality in three Catholic art and craft communities at Ditchling, Capel-y-ffin and Pigotts. He was a devoted family man but, at the same time, he was fickle and quarrelsome and a believer in complete sexual freedom. He had a succession of mistresses and affairs. In this biography the author analyzes these apparent contradictions. Fiona ...
Eric Gill was a typographer and lettercutter whose typefaces still feature in our lives, especially his Perpetua and Gill Sans. He was also a sculptor and wood-engraver. He was a key personality in three Catholic art and craft communities at Ditchling, Capel-y-ffin and Pigotts. He was a devoted family man but, at the same time, he was fickle and quarrelsome and a believer in complete sexual freedom. He had a succession of mistresses and affairs. In this biography the author analyzes these apparent contradictions. Fiona MacCarthy directed the Omega Workshops Exhibition at the Crafts Council in 1984, and in 1987 "Eye for Industry" at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She wrote "A History of British Design", "British Design Since 1880" and "Simple Life". She was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medal for 1987.
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Good. 416 p. Eric Gill, who died in 1940, was among the greatest English artist-craftsmen of the 20th century: a typographer and lettercutter of genius, and a master in the art of sculpture and wood-engraving. In this biography, the problems and contradictions of Gill the man and Gill the artist are examined.
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Near fine in Fine jacket. Sculptor, engraver, and one of the 20th century's greatest typographers, Gill (1882-1940) considered himself a craftsman, never an artist. A devout convert to Roman Catholicism, he believed in an integrated, religious life centered on the home and on making one's own clothes, food, and crafts. Yet despite a happy marriage and adherence to certain Victorian ideals, Gill flaunted traditional morality by engaging in countless affairs as well as incestuous relationships with both his sisters and daughters. Largely ignored by earlier scholars, these intriguing contradictions are fully explored in this carefully researched and uncensored biography, which includes 129 plates and 58 textual illustrations. Octavo. Internally crisp and clean. Remainder mark to the bottom edge; else fine in a clean and bright dust jacket.
338p. A hardcover book in very good condition with a like dustjacket. in very good condition. There is a beautiful calligraphy gift inscription on the front endpaer else this book is in excellent condition. Biography of the controversial English sculptor, engravor, and typeface designer. Includes two sections of black and white photographs.
Eric Gill was an extremely talented typographer and artist, who tried mightily to create a kind of Roman Catholic utopia for himself and his family. He also felt free to explore his sexuality in a most uncommon way for the times he lived in, while not seeing any dichotomy between his religious beliefs and his odd predilections. The author does her best to reconcile these divergent aspects of his personality; it's a good read.
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