Eric Gill Print Collection
Gill created about 1000 prints, using woodcuts, wood engravings, and copper and zinc engravings. A large portion of these prints were illustrations and ornaments for publications of the Golden Cockerel Press (The Four Gospels; Canterbury Tales; Troilus and Criseyde; Song of Songs; and others), Count Harry Kessler's Cranach Presse, and other fine presses, and illustrations for his own books. The prints also include designs for bookplates, Christmas cards and other special occasion cards. Many of these were executed for himself, his family, and friends; others were commissioned works. Gill also created a number of prints as artworks in themselves. The collection of prints consists of 4280 proofs and sketches, and represents most of Gill's work in this medium. There are finished prints, trial proofs of unfinished states, preliminary sketches, drawings and pencil tracings, and the artist's handwritten notes. Some of these are mounted in 12 scrapbooks kept by the artist. The collection also has wood blocks and copper plates.
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