Eric Gill (1882-1940):
Naked Girl with Back Turned, 1927
Framed (ref: 4434)
The original woodblock carved by Gill end coloured with gesso, 7 1/2 x 1 5/8 in. (19 x 3.5 cm.)
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This block was originally produced in 1927 for "Troilus and Criseyde" but here in its second state as used in The Canterbury Tales.
Eric Gill paid Gibbings £200 for the blocks that the Golden Cockerel Press had commissioned up to 1933. As with others he cut many of these to sculptured shapes, filled the engraving with a gesso-like substance, and sold them or gave them away as ornaments; thus ensuring that no further prints could be taken', Christopher Skelton, (introduction to Eric Gill, The Engravings, p 13).