SOME of Eric Gill's engravings can give male readers an erection, and some can stir spiritual devotion. Some are tender as fornicating lovers, and some hilarious as naked women playing tennis.
His drawings, collected in a heavy-duty large format book, depict stories from the Christian religion, classical love poems, Shakespeare's plays and many other works.
Whether it is Pilate questioning Jesus or Jesus driving out moneychangers from the temple, farmers sowing or maids exposing their bare bottoms,every drawing is a masterpiece to be savoured slowly, again and again.
Here's a selection from Eric Gill (1882-1940), like the title illustration of The Canterbury Tales (above) published by the Golden Cockerel Press between 1929 and 1931.