SDUK 1836 Map of London


If the information is useful, they’ll diffuse it

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Steel engraving, map of London 35 x 64 cm, sheet size 41.5 x 69 cm, engraved by Josiah Henshell after William Barnard Clarke; vignettes of the Tower and London from Holloway, architectural elevations in the lower margin; original hand colour, light offsetting, numbered in an old hand top right, blank verso.

The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge was founded in 1826 with the high-minded aim of making ‘useful’ information available to self-taught members of the working and lower middle classes. Some of the material was decidedly abstruse, subscribers fell away and the Society was wound up in 1848; however, the series of 209 maps published over a 14 year period from 1829 onwards were highly praised for their superior quality, accuracy and aesthetic appeal and remain an outstanding achievement. Howgego, Printed maps of London, 354 (2).


SDUK 1836 Map of London


CLARKE, William Barnard, SDUK



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41.5 x 69 cm [sheet size]