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Divine Beauty: The Sacred and Secular Art of Eric Gill
Divine Beauty: The Sacred and Secular Art of Eric Gill

Wed, 16 Mar


East Horsley Village Hall

Divine Beauty: The Sacred and Secular Art of Eric Gill

With Frank Woodgate

Time & location

16 Mar 2022, 10:30

East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Ave, East Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6QT

About the event

Eric Gill (1882-1940) was one of the finest British artists and craftsmen of the 20th century, although his personal life made him something of a paradox. He was the second of thirteen children of an Assistant Minister in a chapel and a former professional singer, and at the age of 30 converted to Catholicism. Despite being very devout, he had extremely unconventional views. It is said that even Augustus John, who had nine children in a ménage à trois and possibly more by other women, was shocked by Gill’s succession of mistresses. His best-known sculptures are the Broadcasting House Prospero and Ariel and the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral. He was a highly skilled draughtsman, producing exquisite drawings and woodcuts, an imaginative typographer and a prolific writer. 

This lecture will examine Gill’s sculpture, both free-standing and reliefs, his graphic works and typeface designs. Despite his unconventional life, he was favoured by the Establishment, carrying out commissions for the British Government, the Royal Mint and the London Underground, as well as the BBC.

About the speaker

Frank Woodgate is a lecturer and Guide at Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the National Trust. He also runs courses at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.

This event is free to members.

Visitors are welcome to join us - £5 on the door.

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