|Artist||Sayer, John Pearson|
|Published||Collected and now presented by J.P.Sayer in the Survey of London MCMXLVII |
|Dimensions||190 x 255 mm|
One of a series of 17 pictographic maps of London, this example being a map of Mayfair, part of the Survey of London described and illustrated by J.P.Sayer. Further maps continuing the survey were issued each month by Strand Magazine. Like Sayer's other works, the map features numerous caricatures and notes of historic local interest. The verso features a text panel describing 'Memories of Mayfair,' as well as a view from Piccadilly in 1760.
J.P Sayer's work emerged from a growing trend of railway poster design in the Thirties which sought to incorporate historical information into the image.
John Pearson Sayer (fl. 1930 - 1950) was an English artist and graphic designer. He provided the illustrations for the Motorist's Rhyme Book; a booklet produced by British Petroleum, which contorted popular nursery rhymes in order to sell its products. Sayer is best remembered for the posters that he designed for the Great Western Railway Company, and the uniquely pictographic style of his that emerged from these commissions. Works of Sayer's include posters of Oxford, Leamington Spa, Somerset, Cornwall, and the Cambrian Coast.
Condition: Central vertical fold as issued. Binders holes to centre fold.