MacDonald Gill, or ‘Max’ as he was known to family and friends, was one of the foremost graphic artists of the early twentieth century. Famed for his pictorial maps, he was also known for book illustration, church murals, architecture, and lettering. His work influenced many graphic artists of his own day, and even modern cartographers and letterers pay homage to him.
But after his death in 1947 his name and work were all but forgotten. This happened partly because the ephemeral poster maps which had brought Max success were produced as publicity and not intended to be lasting artworks. Also, perhaps his work reminded people of the Depression, World War, and Empire at a time of hope for a better future.