Garbutt’s 1967 Quad Royal Station MapSKU: 9241
Garbutt’s 1967 Quad Royal Station Map
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105 x 126 cm
Quad royal station wall map, 105 x 126 cm (approx 41 x 49.5 inches), printed in colours, a couple of minor spots and blemishes, pin holes to upper corners, blank verso.
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; it was opened in stages between 1968 and 1971. This edition of the map shows the section between Victoria and Walthamstow, excluding the southern extension to Brixton. Our map was printed in April 1967, and the the first section (Walthamstow to Highbury and Islington) opened in September 1968 .