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?

To be more precise, the paedophile sex abuser artist Eric Gill.

Most of you might not have heard of him, but for graphic designers who work with typography and typefaces, they definitely know the typeface called Gill Sans, as shown below.

Gill Sans Typeface Eric Gill

Eric Gill Typeface GILL SANS

Gill Sans is a sans-serif typeface was designed by this notorious Englishman 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.

Gill Sans Typeface BBC Penguin Books

The vintage 1949 British Railway poster below used Gill Sans typeface.

Gill Sans Typeface Whitley Bay British Railways Poster

Besides Gill Sans, he also designed other typefaces which include: Perpetua (1929), Perpetua Greek (1929), Solus (1929), Joanna and Bunyan (1934).

Perpetua Typeface Eric Gill

His Perpetua typeface was first use commercially for his 1929 book “Art-Nonsense And Other Essays“.

mad Englisman of art and abuse Eric Gill

Eric Gill British Artist And Printer

Eric Gill full name is Arthur Eric Rowton Gill.

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

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes Eric Gill as ″the greatest artist-craftsman of the twentieth century: a letter-cutter and type designer of genius″.

Gill first public success with his art piece “Mother and Child” (1912).

This scandalous artist was infamous for for his controversial stance on art that most often involved erotic imagery, despite his strong religious views.

Gill was known for his association with the Arts and Crafts Movement.

It is an English aesthetic movement that represented the beginning of a new appreciation of the decorative arts, which emerged in the United Kingdom around 1860.

Eric Gill received the highest British award for designers, Royal Designer for Industry, the highest British award for designers, by the Royal Society of Arts.

Eric Gill Statue BBC

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

Eric Gill BBC Statue Ariel Prospero

On January 2022, a protester defaced the statue of Prospero and Ariel at the front of old Broadcasting House in Central London with a hammer.

Defaced Eric Gill Statue BBC

BBC has decided not to remove defaced statue by Eric Gill.

Besides his famous Prospero and Ariel statue at the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London, you can find his Stations of the Cross displayed inside Westminster Cathedral.

Gill also did a sculpture, reliefs and a medallion for the Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Lancashire, England.

He also created a sequence of seven bas-relief panels for the façade of The People’s Palace, now the Great Hall of Queen Mary University of London.

Eric Gill Creation Of Man

You can also view his bas-relief Creation of Man in the lobby of the Palais des Nations, now the European HQ of the United Nations in Geneva, as seen above.

Eric Gill Mad Englishman Of Art And Abuse

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.

To check out Eric Gill prints, artwork or engraving, you just google it.

To know more about Eric Gill’s artwork, check out this free 323-page book, with forty-two black and white illustrations illustrations.

The Life Of Eric Gill Robert Speaight

The Life Of Eric Gill By Robert Speaight
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Mad Englishman Of Art And Abuse Eric Gill

Then there is another side of Eric Gill which shocked and angered the world.

Mad Englishman Of Art And Abuse Eric Gill

His personal life remained highly scandalous and controversial, as revealed in his personal diaries of deviant sexual conduct with his two daughters.

Eric Gill Diaries

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 revolt many of you.

Eric 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 “inappropriateintimacies 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 British biographer and cultural historian Fiona MacCarthy.

Get the free book online from the links below.

Eric Gill Fiona MacCarthy Free Book

Eric Gill By Fiona MacCarthy
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Note: For Link 3, you can only borrow this book from Internet Archive (1 hour or 14 days).

But for those who prefer to copy and save it for your keeping, refer to this tutorial “How To Save Internet Archive Borrow Books: 1 Hour And  Days“.

Petra Gill Daughter Of Eric Gill

Strangely, according to his daughter Petra Tegetmeier, 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.

Petra and her sisters, Betty and Joan 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.

This is doggone!

Eric Gill Mad Englishman Of Art And Abuse

I am sure you keep seeing this creative artist Eric Gill wearing a loose-fitting cassock, as seen below.

Mad Englishman Of Art And Abuse

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

The mad Englishman of art and abuse 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!

Free Eric Gill Books

Here are some free books by Eric Gill:

An Essay On Typography Eric Gill

An Essay Of Typography By Eric Gill
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Art-Nonsense And Other Essays Eric Gill

Art-Nonsense And Other Essays By Eric Gill
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25 Nudes Eric Gill

25 Nudes By Eric Gill
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Eric Gill Autobiography PDF

Eric Gill: Autobiography By Eric Gill
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Money & Morals By Eric Gill
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Letters Of Eric Gill Walter Shewring

Letters Of Eric Gill Edited By Walter Shewring
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A Holy Tradition Of Working Passages From The Writings Of Eric Gill

A Holy Tradition Of Working: Passages From The Writings Of Eric Gill
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