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.