An almost pristine example of this decorative and entertaining pictorial poster of London, complete with its original paper envelope.
It is rare to find an example in this fine condition. This is the slightly smaller and later edition of Gill's original 1913 poster. There is a 1924 edition which is assumed to have been altered to help the promotion of the 1924 British Empire Exhibition that was held at Wembley between April and October of that year.
This example is a slightly later state with a greyhound replacing the lion. Greyhound racing started at Wembley in 1927 so this edition probably dates from 1927 or 1928. The map remains highly stylised and whimsical and was held in great affection by Londoners.
It was originally commissioned by The London Underground and was designed to be displayed in tube stations. The intense pictorial content of the map caught the public's imagination and as a result Gill is often credited with creating a resurgence in the genre of decorative poster making for London Underground.