Thursday, February 02, 2006

Eric Gill

Here are (roughly copied) samples of typefaces by Eric Gill (1882-1940):

Gill Sans
Joanna
Perpetua

Gill Sans is a registered trademark of Monotype Imaging. Gill's famous work An Essay on Typography was set in Joanna. The book is more than a discussion of typography; it muses on the conflicts between industrialism and craftsmanship, and argues that the difference between a commercial article and a work of art is that the former is "simply physically serviceable and, per accidens, beautiful in its efficiency" whereas the latter is beautiful in its very substance and, per accidens, as serviceable as an article of commerce." Gill designed the grave monument for his fellow Distributist, G. K. Chesterton.

The Tate Gallery has a number of Gill's other works, in drawing, engraving, and sculpture.

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