GILL, Eric

Eric Gill rare first state proof wood engraving ‘Deposition’



Eric Gill rare first state proof wood engraving titled ‘Deposition’ printed in 1924, on white china paper. Not catalogued in the Physick and not in the Victoria and Albert Collection who hold a large collection of Eric Gill’s wood engravings. An extremely rare proof, one of only a few copies printed when Gill was engraving the block, prior to lines being added radiating from the head, see photograph from the Victoria and Albert Collection of the second and last state. In fine condition.

Image Size  102 x 38mm (4 x 1.5 inches)

Sheet Size 143 x70mm (5.75 x 2.75 inches)


Item details

Provenance: Felix Dennis (1949-2014) Collection

Felix Dennis was an English publisher, poet, spoken-word performer and philanthropist. His company, Dennis Publishing, pioneered computer and hobbyist magazine publishing in the United Kingdom. One of the three editors of ‘Oz’ Magazine.


Reference: Physick 289 ( 18. 2nd State) 1924. Signed in pencil. ‘Eric G’ and numbered 2-7, an edition of 7 copies.

(Third state) Proof. Inscribed in pencil by artists 2nd. proof and on the mount with title, numbered (18a). There is a carving in stone of this design, executed in 1924, in the possession of The Kings School, Canterbury. Douglas Cleverdon states in Engravings by Eric Gill, 1929, that this subject was printed in edition of 4 intaglio impression.




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