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Eric Gill (British 1882-1940) - Torso: Preliminary Study for Mankind

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Lot Description

Eric Gill (British 1882-1940) Torso: Preliminary Study for Mankind c. 1927 graphite on paper 17.5 x 13cm Provenance Gill Family Collection Wolseley Fine Arts Lawrences, Crewkerne Private collection, Canterbury This drawing, almost certainly dating from 1927, is a preliminary study for Eric Gill’s famous torso sculpture Mankind (Tate Britain). This was the central work in his very successful solo show at the Goupil Gallery, London in 1928. It was carved from a large piece of Hoptonwood stone which was in Gill’s possession for some time before he decided to turn it into a personification of womanhood.