Copper engraving, 46 x 52 cm, original hand colour, additional light vertical creases to either side of centrefold, blank verso. Combined title and key in the panel, upper left.
This map of Gibraltar may be one of Wilkinson’s earliest publications, printed as a companion to his reissue of ‘Several Prospects of the Rock, Town, Castle, Fortifications, & Bay of Gibraltar’, which he seems to have inherited with the stock of John Bowles. Indeed, it may have come from the same source: the British Library holds an anonymous example which has been tentaitively dated to c. 1727 (OCLC 557547832) and the Harvard copy has been attributed to John Bowles (OCLC 945751831). Roughly contemporary with the Great Siege of 1779-1782, Wilkinson’s edition still refers to George Prosper Verboom, the Spanish engineer at the 1727 siege, and makes repeated references to this ‘present’ siege which had ended over twenty years before Wilkinson’s birth. Perhaps Wilkinson reasoned that his public would enjoy a reminder of an earlier English success, or possibly he hoped that they would not notice that his map was no longer current.