Eric Gill at the White Horse Gallery

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Sculptor, typographic designer, engraver and printmaker, Eric Gill (1882-1940) is among the most revered artists of the Arts and Craft movement. A controversial figure, Gill was a passionate Catholic as famous for his sexual behaviour as he was for his work.

From 6th March, The White Horse bookshop will be hosting an exhibition of Gill prints from 1915-1930 in their impressive gallery space. Part of a special edition of 400 original prints from woodblocks, some signed, the exhibition is taken entirely from the collection of art dealer Christopher Grange at the Katharine House Gallery in Marlborough. white horse gallery eric gill The White Horse Bookshop’s exhibition is a rare opportunity to see this fascinating artist’s work and with prints from as little as £40, surprisingly affordable.

A prolific sculptor on subjects both sacred and secular, Gill’s work appears in settings as diverse as Westminster Cathedral, where in 1914 he produced a series of sculptures for the stations of the cross. Perhaps his most famous commission was for his group of sculptures Prospero and Ariel for BBC’s Broadcasting House in London in 1932. Along with his contemporary and sometime collaborator Jacob Epstein, Gill was at the forefront of modern British semi-abstract sculpture, spawning a host of imitators.

In 1907 Gill moved with his family to Ditchling in Sussex where he founded an arts community, encouraging craftsmen to pursue their skills in wood-engraving, calligraphy, weaving, silverwork, stone-carving, carpentry, building and printing. After an unsuccessful attempt to recreate the Ditchling community in the Black Mountains in Wales, Gill settled near High Wycombe where he concentrated on his now famous carvings, engravings, pamphlets and books. Gill’s highly original typeface designs had a lasting influence on 20th Century printing.

Eric Gill at the White Horse Gallery, Tuesday 6th to Saturday 31st March, 136 High Street, Marlborough SN8 1HN. 01672 5120171

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