MacDonal Gill (1884-1947) or “Max” was the younger brother of the sculptor Eric Gill, started his career as an architect in 1904 but very quickly became an established and versatile artist.
He started his map-making career in 1909 with “wind-dial” map for Nashdom, a villa in Buckinghamshire and Frank Pick, Managing director and the Chief executive officer of London Underground, commissioned a map poster in 1913 from Gerard Meynell of the Westminster Press and he approached Max Gill.
Gill went on to do many posters, mainly for London Underground. Including this 1923 Peter Pan map of Kensington Gardens for London Underground. His underground maps, of which this is perhaps the rarest of all, were designed to entertain passengers while on their journey rather than give accurate direction. This new “fun” design revolutionised the perception of London Underground posters.