Born in Steyning, Horsham, Eric Gill was an English sculptor, typeface designer, stonecutter and printmaker. Prior to his work with the Post Office, Gill produced a group of sculptures including Prospero and Ariel for the BBC's Broadcasting House in London. He was also commissioned to produce a sequence of seven bas-relief panels for the facade of The People's Palace, now the Great Hall of Queen Mary University of London, opened in 1936.
In 1937, he designed the background of the first George VI definitive stamp series for Royal Mail. A number of his designs did not make it to published stamp including the proposed Edward VIII Coronation Issue, which was cancelled due to the King’s abdication.
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