MacDonald ‘Max’ Gill, the slightly less well-known brother of sculptor and typographer Eric, is to be celebrated in a colourful showcase of artworks more than 60 years after his death. Born in 1884, Gill was an eminent designer, illustrator and architect, although he was later rather overshadowed by his successful brother.
Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill (20 September – 2 November) is a free retrospective at the PM Gallery in Ealing, London, an extension to the Sir John Soane-designed Pitzhanger Manor. The exhibition will put a number of rarely-viewed original artworks on display to the general public, giving a prime opportunity to explore the streets of London some 100 years ago.
A selection of the artworks included in the exhibition were uncovered by the nephew of Gill’s second wife when he inherited their family home in the 1980s. Rolled up in chests under the eaves of Gill’s Sussex cottage were a plethora of vivid poster maps of London in excellent condition which were carefully documented by Gill’s great-niece and biographer Caroline Walker.
One of Gill’s much-loved works is the Wonderground Map, a detailed account of London’s underground train stations completed in 1914. The beautifully-finished map remains in fantastic condition and will be one of the key pieces in Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill. The images below are close-up shots of the Wonderground Map and will be coupled with numerous other acclaimed works and Gill’s personal effects.
Also included in the exhibition are:
Highways of Empire (1927) – a traffic-stopper across the major cities of the Empire, this map launched the Empire Marketing Board’s publicity campaign
GPO Mail Steamship Routes (1937) – part of a set of three communications maps, this shows the transatlantic journey of mail from pillar box to quayside
Tea Revives the World (1940) – a global view of the history and beneficial effects of Britain’s national drink
Atlantic Charter (1942) – celebrating the Anglo-American treaty which led to the peacetime UN and the cementing of the ‘special relationship’, this poster features the signatures of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, pasted in to the original artwork
Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill
Dates: 20 September – 2 November 2013
Admission is free to all visitors.
PM Gallery & Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London W5 5EQ
Opening Times: Tues-Fri 1-5pm; Sat 11am-5pm; Sundays 1-5pm.
Further visitor information: www.ealing.gov.uk/pmgalleryandhouse