(Gill, Eric)

Thou Shalt Not Steal. Pencil rubbing of inscriptional work.

Gill, Eric (illus.)

1903. Single sheet of long, narrow paper measuring 52 by 16 inches, bearing the graphite rubbing of the words of the eighth Commandment. This inscriptional work by Eric Gill was commissioned by Graily Hewitt on behalf of the Seventh Earl Beauchampt for the library door at Madresfield Court near Malvern, and incised into a 44 x 9 oak board. The rubbing contains notations in Gill's hand indicating top, edges, and bottom of the work, and a partially decipherable annotation about the sheet slipping during the rubbing. According to David Pearce, "(t)he words...are set in such wide spaces that the minatory text, though sited to be seen by guests leaving the library, resembles the panelling so closely as to be self-effacing." Tearing to the top of the sheet, else a remarkable survival, and an early inscriptional commission by Gill. Item #30283

Price: $2,500.00