MacDonald Gill: Mapping his Age: illustrated talk by Caroline Walker
MacDonald 'Max' Gill, younger brother of the sculptor Eric Gill, was the most celebrated pictorial mapmaker of his time. The maps he designed, each packed with detail both visual and verbal, bring art and history together in a unique and decorative way.
Max's output included painted estate maps for wealthy Edwardians, comic posters for the London Underground, publicity maps for the Empire Marketing Board, WW2 propaganda maps for the Ministry of Information and magnificent map murals for Cunard liners.
His works illustrate many aspects and events of the first half of the twentieth century - an era of unprecedented change - including developments in communications and transport, the decline of Empire and two world wars.
This illustrated talk by Max's great-niece Caroline Walker will shine a light on the work and world of this master of the decorative map.