Gill Art and Sculpture

Mural of Odysseus and Naucsica symbolising hospitality, in the Midland hotel Morecambe

The inscription is from the Odyssey by Homer Book VI which reads ”Then is there hope that thou shalt see thy friends”

Gill caligraphy. Before its removal in 1961, this carving was set into the wall above a fireplace in Hopkins Crank
The latin quotation from "Cato the Elder" roughly translates as "Buy not what you want, but what you have need of; what you do not want is dear at a farthing"

Nuns Priest

Head of Girl, believed to be Gills daughter Petra. Ditchling Museum

St Thomas. Ditchling Museum

One of the fourteen "Stations of the cross"
Westminister Cathederal

Two of the fourteen "Stations of the cross" in Westminister Cathederal

Design by Gill made in 1914 for the fourteen "Stations of the cross" in Westminister Cathederal

Prospero and Ariel from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Mankind from the Victoria and Albert Museum


Gill study of his daughter Petra in a bath

Mulier (BVM) statue in Crank Barn courtyard on Ditchling Common, with Gill centre, Petra to his left, with Pepler and family

Gill with the Mulier (BVM) statue in Crank Barn courtyard Ditchling Common

Mulier (BVM) statue in the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden UCLA California

Prospero and Ariel on BBC Brodcasting House

Gill with Prospero and Ariel on BBC Brodcasting House

Sculpture discovered in 2006 on the rear of the Prospero and Ariel statue


Leeds War Memorial June 1923
Michael Sadler Building, Leeds University

Commissioned and presented by Sir Michael Sadler to the University of Leeds as a war memorial to those members of staff who fell during the First World War, and dedicated by the Bishop of Rippon on the 1st of June 1923
Much controversy surrounded Gill and his carving. Its unpopularity stemmed from Gills decision to clothe his figures in modern dress, as his implied suggestion that capitalism results in greed, which results in war.

The carving was called by Gill “A sermon in Stone” and includes two inscriptions.
The first is on the cornice and the second on the right hand panel. This panel also includes the hound of St Dominic, the symbol of the Ditchling Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic.

The cornice inscription reads:-
“Go to now you very rich, weep and howl your miseries which shall come upon you. Your riches are putrid." (James 5:1)

The panel inscription reads:-
“And when he had made as it were a little whip of cord, he ejected all from the temple and the money of the moneychangers he poured out, and overthrew their tables. And he said do not make my fathers house a house of commercialism” (John 2:15)

Seated Female

In 1911 Gill started work with Jacob Epstein on a modern Stonehenge to be located in the Sussex Downs
for which he carved a large relief of a couple making love called Ecstasy. Gill’s Ecstasy sculpture was the inspiration and model for his Divine Lovers representing his visualisation of Christ as husband and the
Church his bride.

Tate Gallery

The Divine Lovers or the Nuptials of God, was first used in the 1923 issue of The Game

The North Wind, above St James underground station, London

Early poster produced by the St Dominic’s Press, that
includes Gill’s Hog and Wheatsheaf wood engraving

Book cover for "Trousers & The Most Precious Ornament"

The 'Gladys panel'
The sculpture can still be found embedded in a wall of "The Blue House", which is situated to the north end of Ditchling village, it was formerly the home of Gill's close friend, Amy Sawyer.
During 1911-1913 gill was linked to Amy, who was a painter and playwright. He signalled his friendship for her, by giving her the sculpture which is now known as the 'Gladys Panel' for Christmas in 1913.
It is an outline figure of a nude girl which was incised during 1912 into a tablet of Hopton-wood stone, and is so-called because it was modelled by Gills younger sister Gladys.
Gill first worked on the 'Gladys Panel' on the 30th of April 1912 when he took some three hours in making a chiselled outline in stone.

Estin Thalassa 1910

Model for The Sower, BBC Broadcasting House

Joan of Arc 1932

The bas-relief in marble above the main entrance to the League of Nations
council chamber, entitled The Creation of Man.

Donated to the League of Nations by the United Kingdom in 1938

Chirk War Memorial North Wales,
17th of October 1920

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