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.
The image is of Eric Gill's letter only.