Katherine Baxter – mapmaker

‘Ever since I was a child of five I’ve been fascinated by looking at the world from above,’ says illustrator Katherine Baxter.

‘I loved model villages and model railways and my favourite place in the world was Bekonscot, a model village near Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.’

This obsession with the bird’s-eye view has led Baxter to the field of map illustration.

Her work can now be seen on location maps, in books, on posters and even on Royal Mail stamps.

A selection of Baxter’s creations are now being brought together for the Mapmaker show at London’s Coningsby Gallery.

The show will feature her maps of London, New York and even EastEnders home Albert Square. It will also feature graphics and exhibition design from Peter Grundy.

Although Baxter now uses the computer for colouring and creating digital files, her works are all created by hand. ‘My trusty Rotring pens and a magnifying glass are my constant companion,’ she says.

Katherine Baxter: Mapmaker, is at the Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London W1T, until 7-25 July.

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