ERIC GILL, A.R.A.
ENGRAVED WOOD BLOCK FOR THE CANTERBURY TALES ('W')
signed with initials and numbered 300 on the reverse, unsigned in the block
engraved wood block with gesso
21 by 13 by 4.5cm.; 8¼ by 5¼ by 1¾in.
Executed circa 1929.
The sculpture appears to be sound. There are a small number of historic cracks, some of which run all the way through the work and have been restored. One or two areas of the gesso ground are lifting and there are some instances of loss, including to one of the figure's legs. There are some tiny nicks and chips to the extreme edges of the work. There is some light surface dirt and some handling marks throughout.
The work is held on a wooden base.
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Sophie Schneideman Rare Books & Prints, London
Felix Dennis, London
Sale, Sotheby's London, 9th December 2014, lot 184, where acquired by the present owner
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, The Golden Cockerel Press, London, 1929, vol. II, illustrated p.60 (the printed version);
Eric Gill, Engravings 1928-1933, Faber & Faber, London, 1934, illustrated pl.36 (the printed version);
J.F. Physick, The Engraved Work of Eric Gill, HMSO, London, 1963, p.158;
Christopher Skelton, Eric Gill: The Engravings, The Herbert Press, London, 1983, illustrated p.282, pl. no.P588 (the printed version).
The block was used as the half-page illustration introducing 'The Prioress's Tale' in the 1929, Golden Cockrel edition of the Canterbury Tales (P588) and published on page 60 of the second volume. The block has been filled with gesso.