Max Gill - Wonderground Man
27 Oct 2018 - 20:23 BY
This winter, the once forgotten work of Brighton-born MacDonald (Max) Gill (1884 – 1947) will be celebrated at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. Max Gill, younger brother of Eric, was a well-known illustrator, letterer, map-maker, architect and decorative artist. His often humorous work, with its distinctive Art Deco flourishes and tones, charted the rise of new technologies such as electricity, flight and radio communication. Gill’s work was once prominently in the public eye, particularly his brightly-coloured pictorial maps, graphic designs for book covers, and posters for transport and communications companies in the first half of the twentieth century. His best-known piece, the large 1914 Wonderground Map, was hung at every London Underground station, and in 1917 he was appointed by the Imperial War Graves Commission to design the lettering used on the Cenotaph and every military headstone since WWI. It is therefore surprising that for many years his work faded from memory.
Further Information regarding this exhibition can be found at http://www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/event/max-gill-wonderground-man/
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