Catalogue entry

T03677 Sanctus Christus de Capel-y-ffin 1925

Gouache and pencil on paper 7 5/8 × 5 1/4 (193 × 133)
Inscribed ‘DMJ 25’ b.l. and ‘S/AN/CT/VS/CH/R/IST/VS/DE/CAPEL-Y-FFIN’ in sky
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1983
Prov: Given (?) by the artist to Elizabeth Gill (daughter of Eric Gill); her estate; Edgar Holloway, c.1957, from whom purchased by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1983
Exh: David Jones, Tate Gallery, July–September 1981 (30, repr.)
Repr: Eric Rowan, Art in Wales 1850–1980, 1985, p.97; 2 Plus 2, Spring/Summer 1986, p.101

Capel-y-ffin was the former monastery in the Monmouthshire Black Mountains where Eric Gill and his family moved in August 1924. David Jones first visited them there the following December, and the building at the left of this drawing loosely resembles the monastery, in its winter landscape. Eric Rowan (loc.cit.) compares this drawing to a wall painting of the Crucifixion made by David Jones at Capel-y-ffin in the same winter.

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