Eric Gill Letter to James Bolivar Manson 3 February 1914
1, Hare Court
Telephone: 2194 CITY
I ought to have replied to your letter before, but I have been very much rushed owing to my recent exhibition & work in hand. I ought to have replied because my decision was made very soon after I received your letter of the 8th. of January. Now I must wait no longer and must tell you that I regret I do not see my way to joining the London Group. In fact I have decided not to do so.
I have very many reasons in making this decision but I beg you to believe that the least of them is my general disagreement with those whose names you kindly sent me as being members.
I dislike exhibitions in general & consequently do not love exhibition societies.
I have no desire to exhibit my work. I want work to do & not to show. So far I have been favoured & have not been unemployed. And if from time to time uncommissioned or unsold work accumulates on my hands I hope to be able to show it by itself on my own.
God be thanked, I am too busy to bother about exhibitions by which affairs I do not believe the welfare either of art or artists is advanced.
Please therefore convey my thanks to the Group for the honour it paid me & my regrets & apologies for my refusal to accept the same.
How to cite
Eric Gill, Letter to James Bolivar Manson, 3 February 1914, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012, https://www