The Mad Englishman Of Art And Abuse Eric Gill Exposed

Have you heard of the mad Englishman of art and abuse Eric Gill from England?

For those of you graphic designers who work with typography, you would definitely know the typeface called Gill Sans.

Eric Gill Typography

Gill Sans is a sans-serif typeface was designed by Eric Gill back in 1926.

You can find this common typeface in various applications, including the iconic Penguin books typography, as a standard digital font installed on many computers, and in the modern BBC logo.

mad Englishman of art and abuse

Besides Gill Sans, he also designed Perpetua, Perpetua Greek, Solus, Joanna and Bunyan.

His full name is Arthur Eric Rowton Gill.

Besides being a typeface designer, Eric was an English sculptor, stone-cutter and print-maker.

Free Eric Gill Books

Here is a list of free books by Eric Gill:

An Essay Of Typography“.
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Art-Nonsense And Other Essays
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25 Nudes
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Eric Gill: Autobiography
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Money & Morals
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Mad Englishman Of Art And Abuse Eric Gill

How many of you know the repulsive side of Eric Gill?

In 1989, his sexual improprieties, taken from his private diaries, was exposed by Fiona MacCarthy in the biography tilted “Eric Gill“.

He started keeping a diary at the age of fifteen till fifty-eight.

The mad Englishman of art and abuse Eric Gill recorded his day to day of his work, earnings, expenditures and his ‘naughty escapade‘.

It was his wife Mary Gill who sold her hedonistic husband’s complete set of 40-volume diaries to the University of California, Los Angeles, shortly after his death.

This English artist-craftsman had lived a very perverse family and sexual life, that would shock and revolt many of you.

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mad Englisman of art and abuse Eric Gill

Gill had incestuous relationships with his own sisters Angela and Gladys.

He maintained these controversial relationships throughout the remainder of his adult life.

Not only that, this Catholic convert even had “inappropriate” intimacies with his sisters, but his two of his three daughters, Betty and Petra.

You can read the ‘naughty‘ jottings from his diaries published on on page 156 in “Eric Gill” by Fiona MacCarthy.


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Strangely, according to his daughter Petra, shortly before her 90th birthday, she revealed to Patrick Nuttgens, that she was not at all embarrassed.

Petra was not perturbed by the media furor.

She went on to say that her own attitude to sex had not been harmed.

The sisters had never been made to feel shame.

Eric Gill Dog

This wild Englishman of art not only bedded his own family members, but domestic helpers, the teacher who ran the school at Pigotts, North Dean and even the family dog was not spared!

Eric Gill A Flasher

You can see many pictures of this bearded artist wearing a loose-fitting cassock.

He wore this kind of attire, not because of comfort, but so that he could conveniently exposed his ‘manhood’ to others.

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This sexual deviant is the same man who was named Royal Designer for Industry, the highest British award for designers, by the Royal Society of Arts.

With his abhorrent and aberrant lifestyle made known to the public, yet his work, Stations of the Cross is still displayed inside Westminster Cathedral.

His other iconic carvings of Ariel and Prospero, inspired by The Tempest, still adorn the Deco parts of the BBC Broadcasting House in central London.

Eric Gill diary

You can also view his Creation of Adam is in the lobby of the Palais des Nations, now the European HQ of the United Nations in Geneva.

Eric Gill dog

Among many Eric Gill’s well-known blasphemous art works include: “Divine Lovers“,”Nuptials of God“, “God Sending” and “Earth Receiving“.

There is even a website called Eric Gill Society where you can join as a member.

It is a resource for the work and history of Eric Gill and the Guild of St Joseph, founded in Ditchling, Sussex.

During his life time, Gill published numerous essays on the relationship between art and religion, and a number of erotic engravings.

Eric Gill died of lung cancer on 17th November 1940, and he was buried in the graveyard at Speen Baptist Church.

The head and foot stones in memory of Eric Gill designed by he himself and carved by his assistant Laurie Cribb.

The next time when you use the typeface Gill Sans in your graphic design, or walk past the BBC Headquarter in central London between Oxford Street and Regents Park, remember this mad Englishman of art and abuse Eric Gill!

Disclaimer: I do not own or publish the books as mentioned above. They are from the third-party websites.