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Bowen's Map of Barbados

SKU: 9569
£600.00

Title:
Bowen's Map of Barbados

Date of publication:
c.1747

Printed Measurement:
35.5 x 43 cm

Colour:
modern

Mapmaker(s):

  • Emanuel Bowen
  • 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.

    References 

    McCorkle, 18th Century British and American Geography Books, 17.