THE CANTERBURY TALES
THE LETTER H WITH VENUS AND CUPID AND THE GOLDEN COCKEREL 1928
Eric Gill (1882 – 1940)
- 15.6 X 13 CM
- WOOD ENGRAVING
- Accession number
This wood engraving was used as an initial letter for Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, published by the Golden Cockerel Press in 1928.
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.