Garbutt’s 1968 Station MapSKU: 9135
Garbutt’s 1968 Station Map
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105 x 126 cm
Quad royal station wall map, 105 x 126 cm, printed in colours, minor spotting, a couple of panels slightly dusty and soiled where the maps has been folded, 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. The whole of the line is shown on this edition of the map, including the southern extension from Victoria to Brixton. Our map was printed in March 1968, and the the first section (Walthamstow to Highbury and Islington) opened in September.