Garbutt’s 1964 Station MapSKU: 9134
Garbutt’s 1964 Station Map
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105 x 126 cm
Vanquishing the ham-fisted Hutch in glorious Garbuttian style…
Quad royal station wall map, 105 x 126 cm, printed in colours, a couple of trivial spots, stains and light creases, but overall a very good example, blank verso.
Printed in December 1964, this is an early iteration of Garbutt’s design, which had been unveiled to the public in May. Garbutt believed he had ‘rescued’ the London Underground map from the clutches of Harold Hutchison and his ‘ham-fisted parody’ of Beck’s designs (Roberts, Underground maps after Beck, p. 21). His basic configuration proved extremely durable, featuring a ‘thermos flask’ shaped Circle Line, horizontal Central Line and vertical Northern Line, but with effective use of diagonals which helped return the map closer to geographical reality than Beck’s later rectilinear designs. Roberts suggests that it works particularly well in this larger, quad royal format (p. 30). Garbutt also allowed plenty of space for the inclusion of the Victoria Line, which was then under construction. Opened in stages between 1968 and 1971, only the section from Victoria to Walthamstow appears on this edition.