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Eric Gill Collection

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Eric Gill Collection, 1906-2011 | RB Rare Books

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Collection Overview

Title: Eric Gill Collection, 1906-2011Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:(bulk 1910-1940)

ID: RB/003

Primary Creator: Gould, Charles P.

Other Creators: Gill, Eric

Extent: 442.0 Items

Arrangement: The Eric Gill Collection has been arranged into six series: Books, Ephemera, Prints, Drawings, Correspondence, and Reference Materials.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Eric Gill Collection contains over 400 items surrounding Eric Gill’s work and life. This collection consists of many of Eric Gill’s own books along with those for which he was the artist. Additionally, the collection includes drawings, printings, and ephemera, such as his daughter’s wedding invitation he created a wood engraving for and the materials towards his works, such as woodblocks for the Golden Cockerel Press’s The Canterbury Tales (1929-1931). The highlights of this collection feature original drawings, including several for the wood engravings of the Golden Cockerel edition of The Constant Mistress (1934), and drawings for their edition of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Famous for his typefaces, another item of interest is a 1906 alphabet written by Gill that exhibits the influence of designer Edward Johnson on Gill’s work. This collection provides a deep and substantial overview of Eric Gill’s work and processes. The items are divided into six series. Series 01: Books by Gill, Series 02: Ephemera, Series 03: Prints, Series 04: Drawings, Series 05: Correspondence, and Series 06: Reference Materials.

Collection Historical Note

The Library purchased this collection in 2005. The Eric Gill Collection was built over nearly 70 years since the 1930s by Charles P. Gould, a book collector from Pasadena, California, and includes over 400 items of Gill’s books, printings, drawings, correspondence, and engraved woodblocks for printing. Previously, in 2001, the Library purchased the Triple Crown Collection, a collection of books and printing ephemera from the legendary English Arts and Crafts presses, the Kelmscott, Doves, and Ashendene, which Charles P. Gould also collected and includes over 1,000 items, including items connected to Eric Gill, such as a woodblock of Gill’s Utopia type for the Ashendene Press and a Doves Press edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets for which Eric Gill was an engraver.

Administrative Information

Repository: RB Rare Books

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


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Series 4: DrawingsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: A baby [art original] / [signed] EG., 1934Add to your cart.

Original drawing for an illustration on page 26 of 'The constant mistress' / Enid Clay (London : Golden Cockerel Press, 1934).

NE642.G5 A626 1934 4b fol.

http://catalog.wustl.edu:80/record=b5392289~S2

Physical Description: Pencil drawing
Creators:
Gill, Eric
Item 2: Crucifixion/ [signed] EG., 1918Add to your cart.

NC242.G4 A625 1918 4o

http://catalog.wustl.edu:80/record=b5348269~S2

Physical Descritpion: Pencil drawing
Creators:
Gill, Eric
Item 3: King George VI / [signed] EG., 1937Add to your cart.

An original drawing of Britain's King George VI, along with an index card displaying a definitive series of 15 postage stamps (1937-1947) with the King's image, backgrounds designed by Gill. Gill's portrait of the King was ultimately not used for the stamps.

HE6183.G42 G5 1937 4o  portrait

HE6183.G42 G5 1937 4o  stamps

http://catalog.wustl.edu:80/record=b5348264~S2

Item 4: S. Joseph's Church, Pickering : font / Eric Gill., 1914Add to your cart.

A hand-drawn plan for the font at St. Joseph's Church, Pickering, which Gill carved as a public commission in 1916.

NC242.G4 A77 1914 4o

http://catalog.wustl.edu:80/record=b5348255~S2

Item 5: The constant mistress / [signed] EG., 1934Add to your cart.

Original drawing for an illustration on the title page of 'The constant mistress' / Enid Clay (London : Golden Cockerel Press, 1934).

NE642.G5 A626 1934 1b fol.

http://catalog.wustl.edu:80/record=b5392290~S2

Item 6: Single bed / [signed] EG., 1934Add to your cart.

Original drawing for an illustration on page 34 of 'The constant mistress' / Enid Clay (London : Golden Cockerel Press, 1934).

NE642.G5 A626 1934 5b fol.

http://catalog.wustl.edu:80/record=b5392291~S2

Item 7: O Jesu parvule., 1916?Add to your cart.

Depicts the Virgin Mary in profile kneeling by the baby Jesus in a cradle; inscription "O Jesu parvule" lettered in gold at bottom.

NE642.G5 A73 1916 fol.

http://catalog.wustl.edu:80/record=b5403708~S2

Item 8: Study of female nude / [signed] EG., 1927Add to your cart.

Side profile of a female model in a partially prone position, with her right knee drawn up underneath her torso. Drawing was likely done during Gill's protracted stay at Salies-de-Béarn in the Pyrenees (fall 1926-spring 1927). There, the Gill family shared their house with Gill's secretary and mistress Elizabeth Bill, who was likely the model for this drawing.

NE642.G5 A782 1927 4o

http://catalog.wustl.edu:80/record=b5402835~S2

Sub-Series 1: Materials towards worksAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Notes on postage stamps : with a series of preparatory drawings / Eric Gill., 2011Add to your cart.

HE6183.G42 G53 2011

http://catalog.wustl.edu:80/record=b4517526~S2


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