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Martin Bruckner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834695

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838723_bruckner

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The Spectacle of Maps in British America, 1750–1800

The Spectacle of Maps in British America, 1750–1800

(p.389) The Spectacle of Maps in British America, 1750–1800
Early American Cartographies

Martin Brückner

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the year 1770, when John Henry finally published A New and Accurate Map of Virginia, his first and only map that invited public notice. Consisting of four sheets, the map measured when fully assembled an eye-catching thirty-eight by fifty-two inches. Minute graphic symbols marking mountains, rivers, and habitations asked for a closer reading of Virginia's geography. At the same time, the map's neoclassical title cartouche appealed to the discerning viewer versed in eighteenth-century graphic design and pictorial allegory. Blending cartographic and artistic representation, the Henry map competed with an older generation of large maps put on display in the British colonies, including Joshua Fry and Peter Jefferson's rococo-styled Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia.

Keywords:   John Henry, public notice, neoclassical title cartouche, graphic design, pictorial allegory, artistic representation

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