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Adam and Eve Garden Roller

Kindersley, David (1915-1995)(after Eric Gill), c. 1935, Sculpture: Portland stone, iron, length 71cm

David Kindersley, the son of a stockbroker and MP, was born in Codicote, Hertfordshire.  He studied at Marlborough College but left after three years because of rheumatoid arthritis.  On his recovery, Kindersley was sent to Paris to learn French and study sculpture at the Academie St. Julian.  He read books by Eric Gill  (1882-1940) and decided to become a stone-cutter.  With the support of his father, he became apprenticed to Eric Gill, with whom he worked on several important commissions.  He left Gill’s workshop in 1936 and set up on his own, carving plaques and inscriptions for churches and public buildings.  In 1961 he designed the Octavian font for Monotype.  The sculpture was bought with the aid of a contribution from the LACF in 1990.