Bowen's Map of BarbadosSKU: 9569
Bowen's Map of Barbados
Date of publication:
35.5 x 43 cm
Born in Wales c. 1693, Emanuel Bowen was an important British cartographer, engraver to both George II and Louis XV. He produced some of the most decorative eighteenth century English maps. In spite of his royal appointments, in 1767 he died in poverty: "reduced through family extravagances, and almost blind through age" (Gough). He was a Freemason and a Baptist and was buried at Bunhill Fields, a London cemetery for dissenters.
Condition & Materials
Copper engraving, 35.5 x 43 cm, modern hand-colour, centrefold pressed and strengthened on verso, short closed tear bottom right, blank verso. Published in London in Bowen's ‘Complete System of Geography’ (1747) and his ‘Complete Atlas, or Distinct View of the Known World’ (1752). Numbered in the lower margin either 72 (McCorkle’s state A) or 69 as here (state B); she suggests that as Bowen’s atlases were assembled from different batches of the engravings, it is impossible to assign priority.
McCorkle, 18th Century British and American Geography Books, 17.