London Underground map, Henry Beck

London Underground map, Henry Beck

Henry Beck (1901-74)
London Underground map
1933
Lithograph on paper
Museum no. E.816-1979
Given by Ken Garland Esq

Henry Beck's London Underground map is the most famous transport map in the world, and an icon of 20th-century London. Beck was an unemployed engineer when he first devised the map. Prioritising the relationships between the lines and stations, rather than geographical accuracy, he used a method that recalls electrical circuit systems.