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Madge Gill

Born in London in 1884, Madge Gill was an illegitimate child brought up in children's homes and later by a spiritualist aunt. She married in 1907 and had four children, two of whom died. It was her attempts as a medium to make contact with them 'on the other side' that lead to her overwhelming compulsion to create hundreds of elaborate ink drawings. She said she was guided by a spirit called Myrinest (probably a rendering of 'mine innerest self'). She died aged 77.

Works by Gill were included in England & Co's 2001 exhibition Obsessive Visions: Art Outside the Mainstream. In 2008, she was one of the artists chosen for the major exhibition of  British Outsider Art at Musée La Halle Saint Pierre in Paris.



Drawings & works on paper



Myrinerest – Singer - Details


Myrinerest – Singer c 1940s

Ink on card
10 x 12 inches

Untitled - Details


Untitled c 1940s

Ink on card
10.5 x 4.5 inches