1948 Cambridge “This immense & glorious work of fine intelligence…”
By: Kerry Ernest Lee
Date: 1948 (circa) London
Dimensions: 17.75 x 22.75 inches (45.1 x 57.8 cm)
This splendid pictorial map of Cambridge is a product of the rich imagination of Kerry Ernest Lee, whose mastery of image making reveals his in-depth knowledge of English history and his talent for exploring and depicting various iconic cities at various times throughout their history.
This map renders both a historical Cambridge and a contemporary one in colorful and humorous fashion. Vignettes illustrate important events which have taken place in and around Cambridge. The portrayal of a wide array of historical figures of the city blends with the masterful depiction of many of its oldest and most important architectural edifices, such as the two oldest buildings in Cambridge, Holy Sepulchre Church and St Bene’t’s, dating to 1130 and 1000 AD respectively.
All colleges of the University are represented and labeled, and important events and those who participated in them are also rendered in detail. Historical figures such as Chaucer, William Cecil, Lord Byron, William Tyndale are just a few of the illustrious personages whom Lee has chosen to depict. The border of the map is peopled by important personages in the history of Cambridge, the names and dates of founding of its colleges, along with many beautiful and colorful coats of arms. Lee has included himself in the map in the lower right quadrant with paintbrush in hand, writing his name, and his faithful dog at his side.
Condition: This stunning pictorial map on heavy paper is in A condition.
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