Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Hafax, Yorkshire. Not in Benezit. Sc. Et. Vernon Hill (1887–1972), born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England was a sculptor, lithographer, Illustrator and draughtsman. He began his work in print-making and lithography, and branched out into other artistic forms, such as sculpting. He illustrated several works and created etchings. His more notable works were commissions for interior and exterior architectural sculptures by Sir Edward Maufe. These engagements include Guildford Cathedral, Runnymede Memorial and several churches. He died in 1972. Vernon Hill was born in 1887 Halifax, Yorkshire. Hill began formal training in print-making at an early age; at the age 13 Hill was apprenticed to a lithographer. About 1908, at the age of 21, Hill moved to London and took up poster illustration. He worked under John Hassall, a poster designer and illustrator. From 1909-1914 Hill had received commissions for work as an illustrator projects. He created Art Nouveau illustrations for Stephen Phillips The New Inferno in 1911 and the Richard Pearse Chope's Ballads Weird and Wonderful the following year. In 1912 one of his works was exhibited at the Royal Academy. His etchings work was summed up by Campbell Fine Arts as follows: The distinctive allegorical etchings of Vernon Hill are all now scarce. His highly evocative work appears to have evolved entirely independently from the trends of his time, although overtones of the mysticism which so influenced Frederick Carter and Austin Osman Spare can be traced in some of his works. Guildford Cathedral Some of his finest work can be seen at Guildford Cathedral in Guildford, Surrey, and apart from the reliefs on the south door entrance he carved the angels on the Sedilia inside the Cathedral, as well as the “Tongues of Flames” on the Pulpit and Lectern. He also carved the Arms of Bishop Greig over the inside of the Sacristy Door and St Ursula over the inside of St Ursula’s Porch. At the east door of the South Porch (or either side of central buttress pier on south transept) are two magnificent bronze doors set under two arches, and these feature Vernon Hill’s reliefs. These are depictions of various occupations, some of men, others of women. The men’s occupations are on the right hand door and include sowing, woodcutting, fishing, hunting, shepherding and ploughing and on the left door are the occupations accredited to women and include milking, spinning, and teaching. Hill sculpted the Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede, which was designed by Edward Maufe. Overlooking the Thames Valley, the World War II memorial commemorates the over 20,000 Royal Air Force service men and women who died during the war and have no known graves. This includes more than 20,000 Commonwealth women and airmen involved in flight and maintenance activities who were based in north and western Europe and the United Kingdom. The panels of inscriptions bare their names. Among Hill's works are the architectural sculptures of Courage, Victory and Justice, which adorn the entry to the shrine on the north side of the triple arched portico by the cloisters.