By: John Thomson
Date: 1817 (Published) Edinburgh
Dimensions: 19.6 x 23.5 inches (49.8 x 59.7 cm)
This beautiful Thomson map is actually a collection of five maps, depicting the Channel Islands, Scilly, Jersey, the Isle of Mann and the Isle of Wight. Two picturesque vignettes feature views of the Eddystone Lighthouse, and Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight, with Needle Rock in the background. The whole is beautifully engraved in the minimalist English style pioneered in the early part of the 19th century. Relief is shown by hachure with towns, roadways, cities, and major topographical features identified.
John Thomson (1777 - 1841) was a Scottish cartographer, publisher, and bookbinder active in Edinburgh during the early part of the 19th century. Thomson apprenticed under Edinburgh bookbinder Robert Alison. Thomson was one of the leading publishers in the Edinburgh school of cartography, which flourished in the early decades of the 19th century. Thomson and his contemporaries (Pinkerton and Cary) redefined European cartography by abandoning typical 18th century decorative elements such as elaborate title cartouches and fantastic beasts in favor of detail and accuracy.
Condition: This lovely hand colored map on heavy paper is in superb A condition.
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