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Untitled [London Underground Map]

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Untitled [London Underground Map] : H.C. Beck / London Underground Transport

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Harry Beck, an engineering draughtsman with an understanding of electrical circuits, created a cartographic breakthrough still used to this day. The challenge was to map the Tube and Underground system in a clear and straightforward way. Beck boldly abandoned the geographical approach and used schematic mapping instead. With the addition of colour coding, this meant that the passengers could quickly locate the correct lines and intersections for their journeys. This post war example features the name H. C. Beck printed at the lower left.
mapmakers: H.C. Beck London Underground Transport
place and date of publication: London 1951
medium and colour: Lithograph, Original colour
size in mm: 150 by 225mm (6 by 8.75 inches).
ref: 40765

Price: £ 200

 
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