This poster celebrates the connection between Irvine and one of the largest publishing houses on the planet, Macmillan. Alexander, born in Irvine in 1818, co-founded this global business in London with his brother Daniel (who was the grandfather of British Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan) in 1843. Among their famous books, you can find 'Westward Ho!', 'Tom Brown's School Days' and the works of Lewis Carroll, Alfred Tennyson, Thomas Hardy and Rudyard Kipling.
Andrew Allan Poster
This lithographic artist was born in Irvine's Halfway (now called Montgomery Street), famously also the thoroughfare on which another famous son, poet, journalist and social reformer, James Montgomery, also saw the first light of day. Allan trained at The Glasgow School of Art from 1882 until 1896. He is mainly remembered for his landscape studies, which work is highly regarded, The painting in the poster is called 'Thistledown' and is part of the Glasgow Museums Collection.