Catalogue entry

T03744 Sundial 1923–4

Slate, with metal gnomon 18 1/8 × 15 × 8 1/4 (460 × 381 × 222)
Inscribed ‘PENSA. CHE. QUESTO. DI/MAI. NON.
RAGGIORNA/VI/VII/VIII/IX/X XI XII I/II/III/IV’ and on reverse a monogram
Transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum 1983
Prov: Commissioned by Lord Carmichael, 1923; bequeathed to the Victoria and Albert Museum by Lady Carmichael, through the N A–C F, 1947 (Misc. 4–1947)
Exh: Strict Delight, the Life and Work of Eric Gill 1882–1940, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, March–April 1980 (L 20)
Lit: Evan R. Gill, The Inscriptional Work of Eric Gill an Inventory, 1964, 442

See entry on T03741. The text is from Dante (Purgatorio, Canto XII, line 84), and was chosen, according to the Victoria and Albert Museum's records, by Lord Carmichael. It was translated for this entry by Tom Phillips as:

Just think; this day will never dawn again.

At the St Bride Printing Library there is both a rubbing of the inscription and a layout design. Evan R. Gill records (op.cit.) that ‘the border and dial lines were cut by Phillip Hagreen’. The ‘o’ of' questo' is smaller than the other letters and was recut from an ‘a’.

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