Growth of the City
A diagrammatic map that shows the enlarging of the city of Coventry from early times until the mid-twentieth century. The city boundaries at each period are shown as a series of incised lines, colour filled, with the river Sherbourne shown by a blue line crossing the whole of the map. The centre of the map is a tree, Cofa's tree, and this is surrounded by small representations of the city gates, based on engravings. Roads out of the city to major towns are marked and identified, with the addition of the name Sainsbury's in company script where appropriate.
Skelton based the details of his map on old plans of the city he borrowed form the Herbert Art Gallery. The drawings were then submitted to Sainsburys and passed with minor modifications. The plans were enlarged and traced onto the granite and the incised lines cut by machine. Skelton then carried out the painting and gilding an supervised the installation of the work before finishing it in situ.
The was the second map that Sainsbury's had commissioned from Skelton, the first being for their Chicester store in 1961. The company also planned a series of heraldic devices around their store entrance and asked Skelton to design them in 1964, but the scheme was not carried out.
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