This collection of materials accumulated by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library documents the personal and artistic
development and activities of Eric Gill, a twentieth-century English stone-cutter, sculptor, artist, author, typographer/type
designer, printer, book illustrator; and champion of social reforms. The collection includes manuscripts, diaries, correspondence,
legal and financial documents, scrapbooks, clippings, periodicals, photographs, Gill's books and library, as well as several
printing items and a substantial amount of art.
Son of a non-conformist minister, one of twelve children, Eric Gill was born in Brighton in 1882 and brought up in Chichester,
where he attended art school and learned the rudiments of drawing. At the age of eighteen he went to London to work in an
architect's office, a prosperous firm specializing in church buildings. Here he acquired more of a draftsman's skills, although
not entirely in sympathy with modern building methods, which Gill believed to favor the designer and contractor at the expense
of the craftsman.
76.2 Linear feet
114 boxes, 14 flat files, 9 tubes, 8 items
Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William
Andrews Clark Memorial Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the
copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Collection is open for research.