GILL, Eric. ~ Design for League of Nations Sculpture - ‘In the Image of God created he him’
Pencil and red ink. 5.5 x 18.5 cms, framed and glazed.
In 1935 Eric Gill was commissioned by the British Government to provide a huge relief sculpture for the League of Nations Bukliding in Geneva. His first idea was to depict Christ driving the money changers from the Temple but this was rejected so in June 1935 Gill wrote to Anthony Eden with a new idea: The Creation of Man. This drawing shows the design almost exactly as it was executed - there is an additional Latin phrase in the final carving. The Latin here is Genesis Chapter I “In the Image of God created he him” and the English lettering is the beginning of ‘The Wreck of the Deutschland’ by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
The sculpture was carved in 1937 and installed in 1938. With the drawing is a relief engraving of the finished sculpture and a postcard of it in situ.