SDUK Map of ParisSKU: 9142
SDUK Map of Paris
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39 x 53 cm
Steel engraving, two sheets joined, 39 x 53 cm, engraved by John Shury after William Barnard Clarke, original hand colour, blank verso.
This map of Paris was widely circulated in the decade or so before the 1848 Revolution ushered in the extensive remodelling of the city by Haussmann under Napoleon III. 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.