Eric Gill
Inscription ‘In Terra Pax’ 1922

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Eric Gill 1882–1940
Inscription ‘In Terra Pax’
Date 1922
Medium Stone
Dimensions Object: 155 x 830 x 30 mm, 9.5 kg
Acquisition Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
Not on display

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Eric Gill's carved inscriptions invoked the classical tradition as well as being part of his aim to revive traditional craft. This is one of three inscriptions commissioned by Lord Carmichael of Skirling for his garden in Portman Street, London. In Terra Pax is the second of the pair of carvings which display in Latin the first line of the Gloria. The line here translates as 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will.' Completed shortly after the First World War, this prayer for peace is particularly poignant.

August 2004

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