Joanna Gill: Eight Designs for a Sacred Calendar, comprising: January, February, March, May, June, July, August and November 1919 with three other watercolours by her (title-page design for The Roses of Mary, 1918, Interior of a Barn with Figures Working; Coronation of the Virgin.) Folio, 11 watercolours over pencil on wove paper, 160 X 115mm, (Ditchling) 1918-1919.
All tipped-into card mounts, together in cloth drop-back box. Fine condition.
Joanna Gill was Eric Gill's youngest daughter and spent her childhood as part of the religious community at Ditchling, reflected in these rawings done at the age of nine. To me, they convey with astonishing closeness the nature of that community. At this time Eric Gill was working on his Stations of the Cross for Westminster Cathedral. Joanna was later to marry Renee Hague with who her father established a press, Hague and Gill, at their home Pigotts in Buckinghamshire. Gill named perhaps his most famous typeface after her - first used in An Essaay on Typography (1931). Joanna never attempted any career as a professional artist.