MacDonald Gill was a key figure in graphic art in the first half of the 20th century: a decorative mapmaker, mural painter, architect and letterer.
A timeline, starting at Max Gill’s birth in 1884, lists key events and achievements in his career and personal life.
Trained in carving, architectural drawing and lettering, Max gained his first map commission from Edwin Lutyens.
As architect-in-residence, working with Halsey Ricardo, Max helped design an experimental model farm and village in Dorset.
Max’s ‘Wonderground’ map of 1914 was intended to amuse and humanize London Transport, rather than to provide a functional system guide.
Max Gill designed striking advertising posters as part of the Empire Marketing Board’s campaign to promote inter-Empire trade.
The Thirties were troubled times, yet saw rapid progress in technology, as celebrated by Max’s posters for the GPO.
Max designed a large scale map of the North Atlantic for the First Class Dining Room of the Queen Mary liner.
For the Coronation of King George VI in 1937, there were new stamps, souvenir brochures and greetings telegrams, including work by Max.
Max’s produced a vast mural for this exhibition, which attracted 12 million visitors and acted as a showcase for Scottish industry.
The International Tea Market Expansion Board drew on Max’s graphic skills to help boost sales, resulting in posters such as ‘Tea Revives the World’.
Max was commissioned by the magazine Time and Tide to produce a pictorial map of the Atlantic Charter (1942).
Dramatic technical advances in flight resulted in work such as the Pratts Map of European Aerodromes, produced by Max in 1930.
It was Max’s second wife, Priscilla, who ensured that a huge collection of his work was carefully wrapped and labelled for posterity.
Section 15: Personal contributions at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities