1815 20 x 23.5 in (50.8 x 59.69 cm)
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving, dating to 1815 by the important English map publisher John Thomson. It depicts the southern portion of Scotland from the Island of Mull to the border with England. In the lower left hand corner of the map there is a view of Port Patrick in Wigton Shire. Prepared for Thomson's New General Atlas.
John Thomson (fl. 1804 - 1837) was a Scottish cartographer, publisher and bookbinder active in Edinburgh during the early part of the 19th century. Thomson is generally 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 1821 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.
Very good contiion. Minor repair along upper part of original centerfold. Blank on verso.