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Eric Gill – the end of the affair


I am tired of Eric. Today I chanced upon the Eric Gill Society. I suppose I should not have been surprised. There are many who hold Eric in high esteem. Who are in awe of the ‘master’. I was.

Look. We can bury our heads in the sand and be in denial for as long as we like. The fact is that had Eric Gill lived today he would have been imprisoned for, at the very least, child abuse.

The facts are – his sculpture is of a type; his illustrations are erotic but so are many others by others; his lettering will last, but only because he was championed by the Monotype Corporation.

Dear Eric – thanks for your time. It is now time to move on. Goodbye.

One Comment leave one →
  1. 24/05/2011 9:25 am

    I’ve been wondering about Gill, myself. Partly it is that I have rarely read anything as topic-independently stupid as the Essay on Typography.

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