Eric Gill Alphabet 1909

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Artwork details

Artist
Eric Gill 1882–1940
Title
Alphabet
Date 1909
Medium Hoptonwood stone
Dimensions Object: 325 x 435 x 26 mm, 8.5 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
Reference
T03735
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T03735 Alphabet 1909

Hoptonwood stone, the letters painted 12 3/4 × 17 × 1 1/8 (325 × 431 × 28)
Inscribed ‘ABCDEFGH/IJKLMNOP/QRSTUVW/XYZ /A.E.R. GILL/Letter-cutter Pub. by JOHN HOGG Paternoster Row, London/C.SMITH & Sons Moulders/Kentish Town, London’
Transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum 1983
Prov: Presented by the artist to the Victoria and Albert Museum 1931 (A. 27–1931)
Exh: British Institute of Industrial Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1931 (no catalogue); travelling exhibitions of the Department of Circulation, Victoria and Albert Museum; Eric Gill, Dartington Cider Press Centre, Dartingon, July–August 1979, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, October–November 1979; Strict Delight, the Life and Work of Eric Gill, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, March–April 1980 (not catalogued)
Lit: Edward Johnston, Manuscript and Inscription Letters, 1909, plate 13; Evan R. Gill, The Inscriptional Work of Eric Gill an Inventory, 1964, 168 A; Robert Harling, The Letter Forms and Type Designs of Eric Gill, 1976, p.22 and repr. opp. p.16
Also repr: Reproduction in plaster by John Hogg, 1909; coloured reproduction published by Victoria and Albert Museum

See entries onT03733 and T03734. The commentary under the reproduction of T03735 in Edward Johnston, op. cit., is:

roman capital letters ... Inscriptions in stone or marble may be gilt or coloured with advantage. For ‘lower-case’ and italic letters to match these capitals see Plate 14...


The letters are painted red.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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