By: Kerry Ernest Lee
Date: 1952 (Published) London
Dimensions: 19.5 x 26.5 inches (49.5 x 67.3 cm)
The English maritime city of Liverpool on the River Mersey is the subject of this marvelous pictorial map by Kerry Ernest Lee. One of a series done by Lee in the late nineteen forties and early fifties, the map follows the suit of the others as it features the city at various times throughout its history.
While Liverpool is not as old as many other English cities, it bears the singular distinction of being the birthplace of one of the most important iconic musical groups of the modern era. This map was produced when the musicians who called themselves the Beatles were young children, and thus they do not appear on the map, but the environs in which they grew up are rendered with great care, including the River Mersey of ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ from the song by the group Gerry and the Pacemakers, who also hailed from Liverpool.
Liverpool is depicted as a small but busy city on the verge of becoming more important and active. The map renders both a historical Liverpool and a contemporary one in colorful and humorous fashion, and spans the history of the city from the twelfth century when the Coracle Ferry was in business well into the future, as Lee has depicted it in one small decorative cartouche with a skyline of the future more resembling that of modern-day Chicago than that of a centuries-old city, in sharp contrast to its skyline in 1650.
The border features a series of vignettes depicting important events in Liverpool’s history, along with many architectural edifices of the city and its environs.
Condition: This colorful pictorial map is in A condition with no tears and full margins on all sides.
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