Eric Gill

British, b.1882, d.1940

Carrying of the Cross

  • Presented by Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
  • wood engraving
  • 300 x 240mm
  • 94/88
  • 1926

Eric Gill was one of the most prominent and energetic proponents of wood engraving during its revival in England during the 1920s. His training as a sculptor put him in good stead for the medium: scale aside, carving an uncut piece of stone is not dissimilar to carving the surface of a wood engraving block. Gill excelled as a wood engraver. He was one of the most prolific of his generation, and his work illustrated many private press publications. In this work, Gill's strong, hard-edged lines cut directly from the wood engraving block, reflect his training as a sulptuor and highlights his unique style. It was included as an illustration in Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi, published by the Golden Cockerel Press in 1926.

The Golden Age 18 December 2015 – 1 May 2016