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07 February 2019Discovering MacDonald Gill: architect, artist and mapmaker
06 December 2018Misshapen Pearl - an overview of the music of the Baroque Era
01 November 2018Dazzle: Disguise & Disruption in War & Art
04 October 2018AGM & The botanic gardens of London before Kew
05 July 2018British Gold
07 June 2018The art of the steal: Nazi Looting during World War II
03 May 2018Tamara de Lempicka: Mistress of Art Deco
05 April 2018Historic Graffiti – the hidden story of the hopes, fears and desires of a Nation
01 March 2018Form & Fortune: Fifty Years of British Sculpture 1968-2018 CANCELLED owing to the weather, rearranged for April 2019
01 February 2018AVM Curiosities: Food, Art & History
07 December 2017Christmas and other Festivals in Modern Mexico
02 November 2017SMALLHYTHE PLACE AND OTHER HIDDEN GEMS: THE INTIMATE JEWELS OF DAME ELLEN TERRY
05 October 2017AGM followed by Dale Chihuly - the World's Foremost Glass Artist
06 July 2017Knights of Heaven: Warrior Angels and Saints in Medieval and Renaissance Art
01 June 2017'Sweet Thames Run Softly': the Thames Through Artists' Eyes
04 May 2017Looking at Portraits: a Very Engilsh Taste
06 April 2017The Court of the Gonzagas in Mantua
02 March 2017Cleopatra, Myth & Reality
02 February 2017King George IV, the Greatest Royal Collector of Art
01 December 2016Celebration of 20th Anniversary of Amersham DFAS (Drinks served 7pm - 7.30pm, speeches start in the auditorium at 7.45pm) followed by The Secret World of Charles Dickens: Mirth, Marvels and the Mysterious

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Discovering MacDonald Gill: architect, artist and mapmaker 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.