Drawings

Drawing showing the standard layout of the 'Registered Design' version of the Johnston Underground bullseye [roundel], c1925
An early printed version of the 'standard' bullseye [roundel] design of the 1920s.that shows the proportions of the roundel, as redrafted by Johnston, and including the following text (with some loss). 'Proportions of standard Bullseye design. Note. 100 units on this drawing are equal to ... on ... drawing No.... being actually an enlargement of ... times the design shown hereon. Standard Underground lettering, copy of alphabet on application. Large 'U' & 'D' 19 units high, 2 1/2 thick; remaining letters 10 units high, 1 1/2 thick. [Notation as to legends, colours and proportions]. [Register]ed design No. 659, 824 (if flat), No. 659, 822 (if any part in relief).
Simple name : Roundel drawing
Collection : Drawings
Object location : Covent Garden
Reference number : 2000/9202
Size : H 365mm, W 550mm
Associated company :
  • London Electric Railway
Drawing number : B.L.1372
Publisher : LER : c1925
Commissioner : London Electric Railway : c1925
Draughted by : Office of the Signal Engineer
Additional information : This is the earliest known drawing of the Underground's standard bullseye design, as re-designed by Edward Johnston in 1925. The diagram shows Johnston's design guidelines for the symbol, including the exact proportions, measurements and colours to be used with the 'pecked' Underground lettering. At the bottom are the registered design numbers for two variations of the sign. The symbol was known as the roundel after 1972.
Record completeness :
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