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Discovering MacDonald Gill: architect, artist and
Caroline Walker Thursday 07 February 2019

MacDonald 'Max' Gill, younger brother of the sculptor and typographer Eric Gill, was an architect, graphic designer and letterer, best known for his pictorial maps, especially those for the London Underground. He also created painted maps for Arts & Crafts houses including Lindisfarne Castle, magnificent murals for Cunard liners, and eye-catching publicity posters for organisations such as the Empire Marketing Board. An enduring legacy is his alphabet for the Imperial War Graves Commission used on all British military headstones since the First World War. This illustrated talk by Max Gill’s great-niece presents a colourful overview of this versatile artist's personal life and artistic achievements.

 There will be an exhibition of MacDonald Gill’s work at the Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft in Sussex from 20 October 2018 to 28 April 2019.


After embarking on family history research in 2006, Caroline became fascinated in the life and work of her great-uncle MacDonald 'Max' Gill (1884-1947). Although well-known in his time, he was all but forgotten after his death, unlike his brother Eric Gill, the controversial sculptor. Recently there has been a massive resurgence of interest in Max's work - much the result of exhibitions Caroline has co-curated including Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill (2011) hosted by the University of Brighton and articles she has written for publications including Country Life, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and the Journal for the International Map Collectors Society. She runs the MacDonald Gill website and is currently writing his biography.