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Blaeu's Map of the Fens

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Blaeu's Map of the Fens

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  • Joannes Blaeu
  • This is Blaeu’s map, after Hondius and Janssonius, of the ‘inundated areas’ of Norfolk, Suffolk, Huntingdonshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

    The cartouche, surrounded by agricultural implements and fruit, draws attention to the rewards of fen drainage, in which Dutch expertise was highly prized, and the map shows dikes and ditches which had already been completed.

    The inclusion of this map in Dutch atlases is far from coincidental. Most famous among the Dutch engineers was Cornelius Vermuyden, who had been active in England since the 1620s; his drainage project in the ‘Great Fen’ was disrupted by the English Civil Wars, still raging at the time our map was published, although he resumed work in the 1650s.

    Condition & Materials 

    Copper engraving, 43.5 x 54.5 cm, original hand colour, blank verso.