Eric Gill

Eric Gill

Eric Gill

Arthur Eric Rowton Gill (22 February 1882 – 17 November 1940) described himself on his gravestone as a stone carver. To many who appreciated his work as a sculptor, printmaker and typeface designer he is far more than that.

Ariel between Wisdom and Gaiety

Ariel between Wisdom and Gaiety

Gill remains a controversial figure even today. But it is his for his work that he will be chiefly remembered. I have posted about him before and wanted to commemorate his birthday with a further post today.

Eric Gill seahorse Midland Hotel Morecombe

Eric Gill seahorse Midland Hotel Morecombe

Designers and typographers are very familiar with his types which include: Gill Sans (perhaps his most famous), Perpetua, Solus, Joanna, Aries, Bunyan, Pilgrim (a recut of Bunyan) and Jubilee.

Gill Sans

Gill Sans

The BBC adopted Gill Sans in the 90s for its famous wordmark and on-screen graphics.

For more information on Eric Gill you can go to Wikipedia, The Eric Gill Society, The Ditchling Museum and Identifont.

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