N03563 CRUCIFIXION 1910
Incised on the back with the symbol of an eye on a hand. On the front, to left and right of the upright of the cross, there is an inscription in Greek from Matthew xix. 12, and on the upright itself a Latin inscription from Psalm cxlvii, v. 10.
Hoptonwood stone relief, 37 1/4×30 3/4×5 (94·5×78×13).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1920.
Coll: Purchased by the C.A.S. at the Chenil Gallery 1911.
Exh: Sculptures by Mr Eric Gill and Landscapes by Mr J. D. Innes, Chenil Gallery, January 1911 (10), as ‘A Crucifix’; C.A.S., Loan Exhibition, Manchester, winter 1911 (273); C.A.S., Loan Exhibition of Modern Paintings, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, October 1912 (245).
Lit: Stanley Casson, Some Modern Sculptors, 1928, p.93.
Repr: Rothenstein, 1927, pl.4; Thorp, 1929, pl.1.
This is one of a pair of reliefs made in 1910. The companion entitled ‘A Roland for an Oliver’ was exhibited at the same time at the Chenil Gallery and was also acquired by the C.A.S. It represents a nude woman and bears an inscription from Swinburne's Hymn to Proserpine, lines 35 and 23–4. Walter Shewring records (letter of 19 July 1953), ‘In an unpublished letter to his brother Vernon E.G. wrote: “They are a pair - one being a symbol of renunciation and the other a symbol of acceptance.”’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I