London Underground Advertising Poster - "In the Heat of the Summer you will find me cool.."
Gill, "Max" Leslie MacDonald
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Set against a black background is a central pictorial map, similar in decorative style and comic content to Gill's original "Wonderground" map of 1914, which shows central London from Docklands & Whitechapel in the East to Barnes Bridge Shepherd's Bush and Acton in the West and from the Oval and Fulham in the South to Maida Vale, St John's Wood, King's Cross and Angel Islington in the North. A large sailing vessel, the Jolly Roger, sails up the Thames towards Tower Bridge, its passengers including two members of the Gill family, one of them (labelled "RG") perhaps Gill's younger brother Romily, the other (labelled "ME G") a hooded female figure, wearing spectacles, perhaps Gill's own wife, Muriel.
As in the earlier "Wonderground" map, Gill again shows himself cartoon fashion within the map, grasping the tail of a hare within the confines of the Temple, with an arrow pinpointing his presence with the accompanying comment "Still one hare caught in the Temple", a reference to his office address at No 1 Hare Court, Temple.