Eric Gill
The North Wind 1929

Artwork details

Eric Gill 1882–1940
The North Wind
Date 1929
Medium Bath stone
Dimensions Object: 254 x 698 x 101 mm
Acquisition Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

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In January 1928 Gill received a commission to carve three stone reliefs of figures of winds for the exterior decoration of the new London Underground Railway Headquarters at 55 Broadway - also St James's Park station. Gill led a team of five other sculptors, Eric Aumonier, A.H. Gerrard, Henry Moore, Samuel Rabinovitch and Allan Wyon, each of whom carved one wind, making a total of eight. There were two winds for each cardinal point, north, south, east and west - and they were carved in situ between November 1928 and February 1929. They are still there today. This model for the north wind is one-quarter the size of the one on the Underground building and appears to have been made for exhibition purposes.

August 2004

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