Eric Gill Model for Sculpture: The South Wind 1929

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Artist
Eric Gill 1882–1940
Title
Model for Sculpture: The South Wind
Date 1929
Medium Bath stone
Dimensions Object: 255 x 685 x 100 mm, 26.3 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1995
Reference
T06997
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

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In 1928 Gill led a team of sculptors commissioned to carve stone reliefs symbolising the four winds for the exterior of the new London Underground Headquarters at St James’s Park station. Gill carved three of the total of eight figures (two representing each of the main points of the compass). They were carved in situ between November 1928 and February 1929 and are still in place today. This one of the three quarter-size copies that he made later. The style of the reliefs demonstrates Gill’s admiration for English and French Medieval sculpture.

August 2004

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