Eric Gill retrospective
Visit and Talk | Pigotts Farmhouse
Thursday 29 September 2011 - 10:30 until 16:30
Eric Gill, wood engraver, stone mason, typeface designer of the early 19th century and the inventor of the type face Gill Sans. In 1928 he moved to Pigotts Farm, where he set up a printing press and lettering workshop. Gill distrusted art schools.
His ideal was still the concept of the master's studio, as in medieval times. He took on a number of apprentices, including David Kindersley, who in turn became a successful sculptor and engraver, and John Skelton (1923–1999), his nephew, and also noted as an important letterer and sculptor.
His work reflects his strong belief in both Roman Catholicism and promiscuity. Best remembered for his Prospero & Ariel atop Broadcasting House. The tour will conclude with a talk on Eric Gill and lunch at Pigotts Farm.