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Greater Shakespeare

Poster
2008 (issued)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This map, humorously inspired by Harry Beck's famous design for London Underground Transport, delineates Shakespeare's characters and important types that recurs from play to play as tube lines and shows the intricate connections between the characters who are represented as stations. The contrast between the map's modern design and its academic content creates an effect of surprise on the beholder and contributes to renew the interest for this piece of well-known literature.


Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleGreater Shakespeare (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Chromolithography
Brief description
Poster, chromolithography, 'Greater Shakespeare', issued by the Royal Shakespeare Company, London, 2008.
Physical description
Map modelled on the London Underground Transport map with Shakespeare's references in place of station names.
Dimensions
  • Height: 464mm
  • Width: 651mm
Summary
This map, humorously inspired by Harry Beck's famous design for London Underground Transport, delineates Shakespeare's characters and important types that recurs from play to play as tube lines and shows the intricate connections between the characters who are represented as stations. The contrast between the map's modern design and its academic content creates an effect of surprise on the beholder and contributes to renew the interest for this piece of well-known literature.
Collection
Accession number
E.670-2011

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Record createdAugust 24, 2011
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