24 May 2022
Discovering Macdonald Gill: Architect, Artist and Mapmaker
MacDonald ‘Max’ Gill, younger brother of the sculptor Eric Gill, was an architect, letterer, and graphic artist of the first half of the twentieth century. He was famed for his pictorial map posters for the London Underground and painted map panels for landmark buildings such as Lindisfarne Castle and the Palace of Westminster. His architectural legacy lives on in the arts and crafts cottages he designed in rural Sussex and Dorset while the alphabet and badges he created for the standard military headstone are familiar to all. This wonderfully illustrated talk by Max Gill’s great-niece gives fascinating insights into the life and work of this remarkable but little-known artist.
About The Speaker Caroline began research into her great-uncle ‘Max’ in 2006. Since then she has co-curated several exhibitions of his work around the country, contributed articles to publications including Country Life andthe Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and set up a dedicated website. An accredited lecturer for The Arts Society since 2016, she’s also given talks for organisations such as the National Archives, the Art Workers’ Guild, Christie’s and the National Trust. Her illustrated biography MacDonald Gill: Charting a Life was published in June 2020.