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DateLecture
13 November 2018DISCOVERING MACDONALD GILL: ARCHITECT ARTIST AND MAP MAKER
09 October 2018AQUA TRIUMPHALIS:POWER AND PAGEANTRY ON THE THAMES
11 September 2018CELEBRATING THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS 1768-2018
12 June 2018GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION - "THE BORGIAS: THE MOST INFAMOUS FAMILY IN HISTORY?"
08 May 2018EDWARD BAWDEN: ARTIST AND ADVENTURER
10 April 2018AS GOOD AS GOLD
13 March 2018AMADEO MODIGLIANI AND BOHEMIAN PARIS
13 February 2018BRISTOL'S BANKSY: STREET ART
09 January 2018"MARS AND THE MUSES"
05 December 2017CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS
14 November 2017THE AGE OF JAZZ: ART DECO FASHION AND STYLE
10 October 2017LOOKING AT PAINTINGS FROM "THE NATURE IN ART" COLLECTION
12 September 2017MILLE MIGLIA
13 June 2017TIBET - THE ROOF OF THE WORLD
09 May 2017THE ART AND MEANING OF MAPS
11 April 2017MAVERICK ARCHITECTS FROM THE 16th CENTURY
14 March 2017THIS IS WREN
14 February 2017ROME, EUR, AND THE ART OF FASCISM IN ITALY
10 January 2017FABER AND FABER - ITS DESIGNS AND HISTORY
13 December 2016SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
08 November 2016GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES
11 October 2016ON CUPBOARDS AND IN DRAWERS
13 September 2016MUSIC AND INSTRUMENTS AT THE TUDOR COURT
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DISCOVERING MACDONALD GILL: ARCHITECT ARTIST AND MAP MAKER CAROLINE WALKER Tuesday 13 November 2018

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

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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.