Felix Dennis’s Eric Gill collection

It might not come as a surprise that famously colourful publisher Felix Dennis, who died earlier this year, had one of the UK’s largest private collections of the work of equally colourful artist Eric Gill.

Kneeling Figure ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’
Kneeling Figure ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’

Dennis once said: “[Gill] may have led a reprehensible private life, (in truth, there was no ‘may’ about it, he most certainly did) but as a sculptor, wood engraver, illustrator and typographer he stands very high in the recent history of the creative arts in Britain.”

Canticum Canticorum engraving
Canticum Canticorum engraving

The Felix Dennis Collection, which comprises 99 lots, is being auctioned by Sotheby’s, which says it is the largest collection of works by Gill to remain in private hands.

Among the lots going under the hammer are the 1924 Brighton Plaque, which marks the homes of distinguished former Brighton residents.

Brighton Plaque
Brighton Plaque

There’s also the 1924 Mea Maxima Culpa Kneeling Figure, from the 1920s, which is valued at £15,000-£25,000.

 The collection is to be sold at auction on 9 December at Sotheby’s in London.

Canticum Canticorum engraving
Canticum Canticorum engraving

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