Definition of Eric Gill from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Eric Gill

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(1882-1940) an English artist. He is well known for his sculptures, especially his bas-reliefs (= sculptures in which the design sticks out only slightly from its background) such as his Stations of the Cross (1914-18) in Westminster Cathedral and the carving of Prospero and Ariel on the front of the BBC building. He was a calligrapher (= someone who practises beautiful handwriting that you do with a special pen or brush) and also created several new typefaces (= styles for printing letters in books, magazines, etc.), of which the most famous is Gill Sans.