Eric Gill

1882 - 1940

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Eric Gill was one of the greatest and most influential wood engravers of the 20th century. His work is dominated by two overriding themes, religion and eroticism. The apparent contrast of these two subjects was reflected in the man himself. A lay brother of the order of St. Dominic, Eric Gill's highly individual beliefs regarding Christianity are still somewhat difficult to justify when viewed in the light of his own sexual behaviour and the traditional teachings of the Church. A true artist-craftsman, Eric Gill established a community at Ditchling in Sussex where he practised sculpture, wood engraving, and founded the St. Dominicís Press, even designing his own unique typeface - a typeface which still remains widely used today.