Vernon K. Gill

Vernon Kingsley Gill (1892-1970), of Regina, Saskatchewan, was the younger brother of Eric Gill, a well-known British sculptor, engraver, and writer active during the first half of the twentieth century. Throughout his life, Vernon Gill devoted considerable effort to assembling books and other materials documenting the career of his eldest brother. He was assisted by his twin brother Evan R. Gill, author of the Bibliography of Eric Gill (London: Cassell, 1953) and The Inscriptional Work of Eric Gill (London: Cassell, 1964).


The Vernon K. Gill Collection consists of 135 books and pamphlets, almost all by or about Eric Gill. Most of the publications have personal inscriptions, typically being presentation copies from Evan Gill to Vernon Gill. The collection includes 7 presentation copies inscribed by Eric Gill, 4 imprints of the Golden Cockerel Press, and 7 imprints of Hilary (Douglas) Pepler and the St. Dominic’s Press at Ditchling, Sussex, as well as a proof copy of the Bibliography of Eric Gill by Evan Gill.


The National Gallery of Canada received the Vernon K. Gill Collection as a donation from Evan Quick, the grandson of Vernon K. Gill.


Records for items in the Vernon K. Gill Collection are entered in the online catalogue of the Library and Archives. Included in the catalogued items are a number of pamphlets and broadsheets which have been mounted in scrapbook volumes forming part of the Vernon K. Gill fonds. An online finding aid of the fonds is in preparation.