20
November 2018

Discovering MacDonald Gill: Architect, Artist and Mapmaker

Welcome to The Arts Society Chester
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 11:00
Chester Zoo Lecture Theatre, Chester Zoo
Upton by Chester Chester CH2 1EU

LECTURE

The life and work of MacDonald 'Max' Gill (1884-1947)

After embarking on family history research in 2006, Caroline Walker became fascinated in the life and work of her great-uncle MacDonald 'Max' Gill (1884-1947), an architect and graphic artist, best known for his decorative maps.

THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER

Mrs Caroline Walker

After embarking on family history research in 2006, I became fascinated in the life and work of my great-uncle MacDonald 'Max' Gill (1884-1947), an architect and graphic artist, best known for his decorative maps. 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 I have co-curated including Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill (2011) hosted by the University of Brighton and articles I have written for publications including Country Life, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and the Journal for the International Map Collectors Society. I've also given talks for the National Archives, the Art Workers' Guild, Christie's, Friends of Kettle's Yard and the National Trust. I'm currently writing a biography and I run the MacDonald Gill website.