Title/Content of Map: 1928 MacDonald Gill Pictorial Map of London -- The Wonderground Map of London TownDate: 1928, LondonCartographer: L MacDonald GillSize: 30 X 37 in.
This is rare, rather large humorous pictorial map of central London. It covers west to Hammersmith, north to Camden Town, east to St Katherine’s Dock and south to Clapham. It shows London filled with elevations of underground stations and other important buildings, bizarre vignettes and esoteric references and puns. For example: the Serpentine River hosts a Chinese dragon; a man hangs from Tyburn Tree; and next to Regents Park Zoo are three verses of William Blake’s ‘The Tyger’. An armorial depicting a tunnel, surmounted with a white rabbit, with a Latin motto translating as ‘Enter or exit with little delay’, strengthens the Alice in Wonderland comparison. Gill originally drew this map as an advertising poster for London Electric Underground Railway Company in 1914. Such was its success, given that it is credited with saving the Underground campaign, that a commercial version was issued the following year, available to the general public and updated several times thereafter. Published by the Westminster Press, priced at 2 shillings and 6 pence. The original envelope in which the map was folded into is also included. This updated version is from c.1928, the year after Greyhound reaces started at Wembley - and a greyhound is shows by the Wembley sign. Accompanied with a shipping envelope.
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