This detailed design for a crucifixion altar piece reveals Eric Gill's working practice in sculpture. During his lifetime, Gill carved over fifty sculptures or reliefs of the crucifixion, and this study dates from August 1918 shortly after the consecration of his fourteen Stations of the Cross at Westminster Cathedral. This study is unusual in that it presents the dead Christ with legs slightly bowed and apart, rather than both legs angled to the right at the knees, which was more typical of Gill's crucifixions from approximately 1917 onwards. His use of colour was not confined to studies but was frequently integral to the actual sculpture. He used colour to accentuate the interplay of mass and contour which was diminished when the sculpture was removed from his studio and placed in poor lighting. (Dr. Judith Collins, Eric Gill. The Sculpture, London, 1998, p. 39). This tendency is particularly salient in the use of gold highlights on Christ's halo in the present study.