Pre-Raphaelite Pilgrimage map for Curiocity

Client: Curiocity Magazine | August 2013 | Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop with handdrawn elements
This map is my second contribution to Curiocity Magazine, a miniature fold-out guide to London co-created, edited and independently published by writers Henry Eliot and Matt Lloyd-Rose. Each issue features a centrepiece fold-out map and an array of facts, trivia and curiosities about the city centred around a particular theme, contributed by several authors and guides.

This issue, titled 'E' (which stands for 'Escaping London') was published in association with the National Trust and features this map which shows a 13 mile-long walking route, or 'Pilgrimage' between Borough in central London and Red House in Bexleyheath, built in the 19th century by the famous artist, designer, publisher and activist William Morris, and now owned by the National Trust. Morris was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite painters and so this became the overall theme of the route and the map itself. Many places and points of interest are featured along the route and are numbered on the map; a few of these are represented by pen illustrations also drawn by myself.

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The full map design, which is A3 size. The arrangement of the map into four columns, orientated in the direction of travel (i.e. south-east), is directly inspired by 17th-century route maps by John Ogilvy and others. All descriptive text was written by the magazine's co-creators and editors, Henry Eliot and Matt Lloyd-Rose. The border is inspired by decorative textile designs by William Morris.

Detail of the beginning of the route, first section: the area around Borough High Street, London Bridge station and Bermondsey Street. An illustration of the historic George Inn, the starting point of the route, is at bottom left.

Detail of the end of the first section which ends at Southwark Park; an illustration of the Carytides, formerly of Rotherhithe Town Hall and now an ornamental feature of the park, features at top left.

Detail of the end of the second section through Greenwich town centre and part of Deptford. An illustration of the Cutty Sark features on the left.

Detail of the illustration of Charlton House.

Detail of the third section through Charlton Park, Woolwich Common and Shooter's Hill. The red line is the walking route which is the focus of the map; the green line is the original medieval pilgrimage route to Canterbury, as featured in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, which passed along the old Roman road (now Shooter's Hill Road).

Detail of the beginning of the fourth section which begins in Oxleas Wood; an illustration of Sevendroog Castle features at bottom right.

Detail of the end of the fourth section and the pilgrimage, which passes through Danson Park in Welling and ends at Red House, built by William Morris and now owned by the National Trust.

A detail of the title cartouche, which is a further stylistic reference to Georgian and Victorian map design.

Issue E of Curiocity Magazine in which the Pilgrimage map features.

The fold-out Pilgrimage map within Curiocity Issue E; a spread of facts and trivia about London by various contributors is on the reverse.