This is an original illustrated map of Waltham Forest, a borough of London, UK, inspired by decorative antique map prints and the designs of MacDonald Gill (1884-1947).
The entire design has been entirely hand-drawn and digitally coloured by the artist.
Its decoration scheme references the area's rich diversity, culture and history. The coat of arms at the left of the image are the official arms of the borough, and the shields at bottom right are (from top to bottom) the crests of the old boroughs of Chingford, Walthamstow and Leyton respectively - all three of which were united in 1965 to form the present borough. The two illustrations within the roundels at the left show views of the obelisk at Pole Hill in Chingford, and the William Morris Gallery. The border decoration is inspired by the wallpaper and textile patterns designed by William Morris, who was born and spent his childhood in Walthamstow at the house which is presently the William Morris Gallery. The shape of the border also echoes the shape of the famous tower at the now-closed Walthamstow Stadium.
Neighbourhoods covered by the map include: Chingford, Chingford Green, Higham Hill, Highams Park, Leyton, Leytonstone and Walthamstow.
Other locations, buildings and sights featured on the map include: Epping Forest, Lea Valley Park and reservoirs, The Matchroom Stadium (Leyton Orient F.C.), Waltham Forest College, Waltham Forest Town Hall and Whipp's Cross Hospital.
• Unique digitally-rendered artwork • High quality digital print on archival watercolour paper • Dimensions: 300 x 400mm • Signed in pencil by the artist, with stamp of authenticity on the rear • Open edition • Frame not included