Copper engraving, 35 x 43 cm, recent hand-colour, blank verso. Insets of Port Antonio, and Port Royal and Kingston harbour. This map of Jamaica was prepared for Bowen’s ‘Complete System of Geography’, 1747, although this is example is from the ‘Complete Atlas, or Distinct View of the Known World’.
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.