Not on display
- Eric Gill 1882–1940
- Object: 255 x 530 x 25 mm
- Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
T03743 Inscription ‘Gloria in Altissimis Deo’
Slate 10 × 21 × 1 (255 × 530 × 25)
Inscribed ‘GLORIA/IN ALTISSIMIS/DEO’
Transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum 1983
Prov: As T03741 (Misc. 3–1947)
Exh: Strict Delight, the Life and Work of Eric Gill 1882–1949, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, March–April 1980 (L 19)
Lit: Evan R. Gill, The Inscriptional Work of Eric Gill an Inventory, 1964, 412
See entry on T03741. T03742-T03743 together form part of the same text, which had already been used by Gill in 1903 in one of his earliest inscriptions, which he continued to display on his studio wall (Evan R. Gill, op.cit., 22). It is from the beginning of the Gloria in the Mass, and is translated ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will’.
A photograph of another carving of this inscription (‘Gloria in ALTISSIMIS/DEO/ET IN TERRA PAX’), not recorded by Evan R. Gill, was in the collection of the artist's photographs sold at Sotheby's, 9 November 1981.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986