Beck’s 1950 Quad Royal Station Map


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Beck’s 1950 Quad Royal Station Map


BECK, Henry Charles


Waterlow & Sons

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102 x 126.5 cm



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Quad royal station wall map, 102 x 126.5 cm, lined on paper and linen. Early postwar quad royal version of Beck’s innovative and influential diagram, published for display in stations across the Underground network.

Beck had reintroduced the proposed extension schemes to the Northern and Central Lines which had been disrupted by the war, adapted to the rectilinear configuration which he had introduced at the beginning of 1941. This was the last version of the full-size map to include them – the Northern Heights extension and other unbuilt elements of the 1930s New Works Programme were finally abandoned. The 1950 issue is extremely similar to the 1949 map, which Beck considered “to be perhaps the best of all his versions of the Diagram… he had managed at last to eradicate all those features with which he had been unwillingly saddled by others”. Ken Garland, Mr Beck’s Underground Map, p. 42.