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Eric Gill: Public and Private Art

10 February – 7 August 2011

British Museum Room 69a
Free entry

This small display explores the range of work by sculptor, letter cutter, engraver and typographer Eric Gill by contrasting his public commissions with his private art.

Eric Gill (1882–1940) is one of the most famous British artists of the early 20th-century. His work is widely known, from his typefaces (including the famous Gill Sans) to his sculptural work, such as the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral. This exhibition features designs Gill created in response to public commissions for sculpture, coins, stamps, seals and medals alongside his private work as a wood engraver, book illustrator and writer.

6 objects loaned:

Design for florin of 1924
Design for half-crown of 1924
Design for crown of 1924
Proof for threepence coin of 1925
Proof for sixpence coin of 1925
Proof for one shilling coin of 1925


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