Girl with a comb in her hair


This privately owned statue, ‘Girl with a comb in her hair’, sold at Bonhams recently for over £262,000.  For once, I can’t write about the artist, Eric Gill, as there is nothing redeeming we can say about the man, himself.  His art is quite beautiful and it is subject to the debate on how far we can separate the character from the art.

This excellent piece by Rachel Cooke in the Guardian back in 2017, explains the situation we have concerning Gill and how the Ditchling Museum of Arts and Crafts handled the exhibition they held at the time, entitled Eric Gill: The Body.

Eric Gill: can we separate the artist from the abuser?

A case study of the 2017 Ditchley exhibition is detailed here: Eric Gill – The Body – Index of censorship