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Christ on the Cross
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Christ on the Cross 1913

Not on display

Gill's first crucifix (now in the Tate Gallery, London) dates from 1909-1910. In the years that followed, the sculptor moved closer to Catholicism, before converting in 1913. Gill carved a large number of crucifixions in that year, for both public commissions and personal contemplation. This is one of the latter. Sex and religion were the main themes of Gill's sculpture, as he believed in the co-dependence of sexuality and spirituality. In August 1913 Gill was invited to carve a series of 'Stations of the Cross' for Westminster Cathedral in London, a commission which took several years to complete.

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When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.



  • Acc. No. GMA 14
  • Medium Hoptonwood stone, partly painted
  • Size 31.20 x 14.00 x 3.50 cm
  • Credit Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh: bequeathed by Sir David Young Cameron 1945