Old Map of London West End, 1915 by Macdonald Gill - "Theatreland" Underground Tube Map
Old Map of London West End, 1915 by Macdonald Gill - "Theatreland" Underground Tube Map
Old Map of London West End, 1915 by Macdonald Gill - "Theatreland" Underground Tube Map
Old Map of London West End, 1915 by Macdonald Gill - "Theatreland" Underground Tube Map
Old Map of London West End, 1915 by Macdonald Gill - "Theatreland" Underground Tube Map
Old Map of London West End, 1915 by Macdonald Gill - "Theatreland" Underground Tube Map
Old Map of London West End, 1915 by Macdonald Gill - "Theatreland" Underground Tube Map
Old Map of London West End, 1915 by Macdonald Gill - "Theatreland" Underground Tube Map
Old Map of London West End, 1915 by Macdonald Gill - "Theatreland" Underground Tube Map
Old Map of London West End, 1915 by Macdonald Gill - "Theatreland" Underground Tube Map

Old Map of London West End, 1915 by Macdonald Gill - "Theatreland" Underground Tube Map

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This beautiful and absolutely unique map of London from 1915, created by master pictorial mapmaker Macdonald Gill, was part of the (successful!) campaign to save the London Underground.

In the the early 1900s the Underground was used almost exclusively by rush hour commuters and virtually unused during weekends, evenings and holidays. The Tube wasn't making enough money from ticket sales to pay for the repairs and maintenance of the system.

And so, the commercial manager of the network at the time, Frank Pick, had the genius idea that he had to show some of the other fun things you can do on the Underground... and thus he commissioned this rather amazing map of "Theatreland" - the London West End.

Around the edge of the map you can see London's dozens of theatres - and the nearest Tube station you should get off at. There's also plenty of fun anecdotes and notes on the map - for example, a zeppelin hovering over Lincoln Inn Fields and a bomb underneath with the note, 'a real bomb'.

This map looks great at all sizes from 12x16 inches (30x40cm), to 16x20 inches (40x50cm) and 24x36 inches (60x90cm). But it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 60 inches (150cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

This would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift for someone from London, who loves theatre, or perhaps someone who likes the pictorial art deco style.

You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame. We use super-clear acrylic (acrylic (perspex/acrylite)/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.

If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.

This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.

I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

All of my maps are well packaged and sent in a rugged tube if unframed, or surrounded by foam if framed.

I try to send out all maps within 1 or 2 days of receiving your order, though some products (like face masks or mugs) can take longer to make.

If you select the free worldwide shipping option, you can usually expect to receive your map around 10 days after you order. It may be faster or slower, depending on the impact of coronavirus in your country.

If you select Express Delivery at checkout your order will be sent by courier (Fedex, DHL, UPS, Parcelforce) and will usually arrive in 2-3 days.

Customers in the US, Australia and Canada: Your map will be sent from a printer or framer in your country, which means you'll get your map sooner, you won't pay import duties, and we'll put less CO2 into the atmosphere. I have worked with some great printers and framers around the world for years - so don't worry, your map will still look amazing!

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/190gsm. It's perfect for framing.

I print with Epson ultrachrome giclée UV fade resistant pigment inks - some of the best inks you can find.

Please contact me if you're looking for a print on canvas or cotton rag.

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