Oil painting on panel, Wind Indicator Map of Holy Island and the Northumberland Coast by Macdonald Gill (Brighton 1884 - London 1947), 1913. A painted wooden wind indicator map of Northumberland of rectangular shape with a base to fit (above) fireplace, with a wind vane in the centre. Painted by Macdonald Gill in the summer of 1913, showing Holy Island in the centre, with Northumberland coast and depictions of various castles on the left and the Spanish Armada fleeing the English shipping on the right.
The wind indicator was painted and designed by the artist MacDonald Gill, commissioned by Edwin Lutyens. Gill also designed the mechanical parts of the piece. Gill visited the Castle in the winter of 1912 to carry out preliminary sketches with an assistant named Francis Grissell. His original design was rejected by Edward Hudson as not 'ancient enough'. The panel was finished in his studio at Temple Bar, London, probably in July of 1913; given in 1944 by Sir Edward de Stein and his sister, Miss Gladys de Stein in 1944
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Macdonald Gill (Brighton 1884 - London 1947), artist