Omnia per ipsum by Eric Gill

Translating as 'Everything through him, nothing without him', this carved inscription was created by Eric Gill in the year of his conversion to Roman Catholicism.


Hoptonwood stone
19.5 x 25.5 x 7 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15,000 ( Total: £25,000)
Acquired in:
Jonathan Skelton

Quoting a passage from the Gospel of St John, Omnia Per Ipsum was created as a gift for Gill's father, Arthur. The inscription resonates with both the Christian beliefs that Gill and his father shared, and as a reflection on his father's importance to him. Gill's innovative approach to typography – particularly his reintroduction of Roman lettering – was tremendously influential, not only on his contemporaries in the Ditchling Guild but on typographical design as a whole. Omnia Per Ipsum shows an early stage in the development of Gill's work. The kerning, or spacing of letters, is inconsistent and uncomfortable – the unnecessarily close grouping of the N, I and A at the end of the first line suggests Gill hadn't yet developed a feel for the sense of space carried by letters.


By descent in the artist's family.

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