Eric Gill

Inscription ‘In Terra Pax’

1922

Medium
Stone
Dimensions
Object: 155 x 830 x 30 mm, 9.5 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
Reference
T03742

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

T03742 Inscription ‘In Terra Pax’ 1922

Slate 6 × 32 3/4 × 1 (155 × 830 × 30)
Inscribed ‘IN TERRA PAX HOMINIBUS/BONAE VOLUNTATIS’
Transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum 1983
Prov: As T03741 (Misc. 2–1947)
Exh: Strict Delight, the Life and Work of Eric Gill 1882–1940, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, March–April 1980 (L 21)
Lit: Evan R. Gill, The Inscriptional Work of Eric Gill an Inventory, 1964, 412

See entries on T03741 and T03743.

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