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1979 Lavelle and Spurll Pictorial Map of Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles. - Main View

1979 Lavelle and Spurll Pictorial Map of Los Angeles, California


Fun in sunny LA.


Los Angeles.
  1979 (dated)     13.75 x 18 in (34.925 x 45.72 cm)


This is a 1979 Swaena Lavelle and Barbara Spurll pictorial map of Los Angeles. Depicting the city in a comic manner, L.A.'s residents populate office buildings, convenience stores, museums, and freeways. The Huntington Library, Los Angeles County Art Museum, and Griffith Observatory appear alongside the Rose Bowl, the Forum, Dodger Stadium, and the Hollywood Bowl. The University of Southern California, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of California-Los Angeles are illustrated, with buildings and stadiums appearing on the campuses of both USC and UCLA. L.A.'s residents provide commentary for the viewer, expressing their love of the city and its history. The Pacific Ocean occupies the foreground, with the Santa Monica Pier and the Manhattan Pier jutting.
Publication History and Census
This map was created by Swaena Lavelle and Barbara Spurll, produced by Unique Media Incorporated, and published by Archar Inc. in 1979. This is the only known cataloged example.


Swaena Lavelle (fl. c. 1979 - c. 1988) was an artist active in the late 20th century who specialized in cartoon inspired artistic maps of cities. A native of Toronto, Lavelle created work for Archar International and then founded Unique Media Ltd. with her sister Peggy Hill. Montreal, San Antonio, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego all benefitted from Lavelle's style. Learn More...

Barbara Spurll (fl. c. 1972 - present) is a Canadian illustrator, best known for her portraits and children's book illustrations. She grew up in Winnipeg and studied art in Toronto at the New School of Art and the Artists' Workshop at George Brown College. Spurll remains active. Learn More...

Archar / Travel Graphics (1973 - Present) is a Canadian and U.S. publishing company initially based in Toronto, Ontario. The firm is best known for its 'City Character Prints' - cartoonish view style maps intended to express the 'character' of a city. The firm employed a host of in house art directors, as well as a host of freelance illustrators. We find no trace of the company after 1983. Variants of the imprint include 'Archer Western' based in British Columbia and the St. Paul, Minnesota based 'Archar International'. Around 1984, the Minnesota firm was renamed Travel Graphics - Archer International, often printing under the 'Travel Graphics' imprint. Travel Graphics later relocated to Hawaii, where they remain active. Learn More...


Average. Closed tear extending three-and-one-quarter (3.25) inches into printed area from right margin professionally repaired on verso. Infill to all four corners in margin. Piece of tape adhered to recto (front) in upper right quadrant just below The Times building. Area of scuffing in lower right corner over gray whales in ocean.