HORTUS CONCLUSUS 1930
Eric Gill (1882 – 1940)
- 14.6 X 6.7 CM
- WOOD ENGRAVING
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This wood engraving was used as an illustration for Canticum Canticorum published by the Cranach Press, Weimar in 1931. The Cranach Press was run by Count Harry Kessler. Gill had first met Kessler in 1904 when Kessler commissioned Gill to design calligraphic titles and headings. At the time this engraving was undertaken Gill was also working on the carvings for Broadcasting House in London. When the project was completed Kessler wrote to Gill that he though ‘it is one of the most beautiful series of illustrations produced in modern times and that the book will appeal to everybody and all interested in fine illustration and book making.’ (quoted in Eric Gill The Engravings, edited by Christopher Skelton, The Herbert Press, London 1983)
The arrangement of elements or details in an artefact or a work of art.
An intaglio process whereby lines are cut into a metal or wood plate using an engraving tool (a burin), which is pushed in front of the hand to achieve a sharp controlled incision capable of great delicacy. This technique requires a great deal of control and is not suited to spontaneous mark-making.