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GILL, Eric (1882-1940). Sculptor and engraver.
Autograph Letter Signed to [R.H.] Ward, 1 page 8vo (oblong, paper-clip rust stain at the head), as from The Weir House, Guildford, c/o Lawrence Powell, 20 October 1939. Approving a proof of a programme for a memorial service for Dick Shepherd and explaining that as he is currently busy with carving at the new Cathedral, his son-in-law René Hague is in charge.

'... The type (called "Bunyan") is the best we've got & I think the arrangement is clear & dignified - artistic but not "art nonsense". ...'

Bunyan made its first appearence in an edition of Lawrence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey in 1934 and is very similar to Gill's other typefaces.

Also included is a Typewritten Letter Signed of René Hague on writing paper of Hague Gill & Davey printers ('Mr Gill is away ... but as I pretty well know what he likes, I have thought it best to set the job and send a proof to him'), and a rough draft of the programme.

Sheppard, a charismatic and much-loved cleric, died in October 1937. His coffin was on view at St Martin-in-the-Fields where 100,000 people filed past to pay their respects. The route from St Martins to his funeral, which was held in St Paul's, was lined with crowds.
[No: 26064]

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