Portrait of John Gray. by GILL, Eric.

Portrait of John Gray. by GILL, Eric. < >
Portrait by Gill of his friend Canon John Gray, author of Silverpoints and friend of Oscar Wilde, supposedly the inspiration for Dorian Gray

~ Portrait of John Gray.


Large collotype of a pencil portrait by Eric Gill, signed with his monogram and dated 16.8.’28 in the print. In addition this has been signed in pencil by the artist ‘Eric G’. Image size 27 x 31 cm. on a large sheet of art card.

John Gray had been a young poet and friend of Oscar Wilde in 1890s London and was rumoured to be the origin of Dorian Gray. He was a promising poet and the author of Silverpoints which was published in 1893, designed by Ricketts. Later he became a Catholic parish priest and then a canon, living in surburban Edinburgh with Andre Raffalovich when he became friends with Eric Gill. At the time of this portrait Gill was due to publish Gray’s novel ‘Park’.

MacCarthy p.132, 241
Stock ref: 11881
Keywords: GILL Eric, Print
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