1814 (undated) 16.5 x 22 in (41.91 x 55.88 cm)
This beautifully hand colored 1814 Thomson map shows modern day Belgium, here called the Netherlands divided into thirteen departments. The labeled the Netherlands or 'Low Countries' for their elevation, this map focuses on modern day Belgium. Thomson maps are known for their stunning color, awe inspiring size, and magnificent detail. Thomson's work, including this map, represents some of the finest cartographic art of the 19th century. Engraved in 1814 by J. Moffat, Edinburgh and issued as plate 17 for Edinburgh cartographer John Thomson's 1817 edition of the New General Atlas.
John Thomson was one of the leading masters of the Edinburgh school of cartography which flourished from roughly 1800 to 1830. Thomson & his contemporaries (Pinkerton & Cary) redefined European cartography by abandoning typical 18th century decorative elements such as elaborate title cartouches and fantastic beasts in favor of detail and accuracy. Thomson's principle works include the "Thomson's New General Atlas" published from 1814 to 1827 and his "Atlas of Scotland". The "Atlas of Scotland", a work of groundbreaking detail and dedication would eventually bankrupt the Thomson firm in 1830. Today Thomson maps are becoming increasingly rare as they are highly admired for their monumental size, vivid hand coloration, and superb detail.
Thomson, J. A New General Atlas, (Edinburgh) 1814.
Very good condition. Light soiling to outer margins. Original platemark visible. Blank on verso.