1973 Shemin / Royster Pictorial View of Nantucket, Massachusetts

Nantucket Town. - Main View

1973 Shemin / Royster Pictorial View of Nantucket, Massachusetts


The Little Grey Lady of the Sea.


Nantucket Town.
  1973 (dated)     22.25 x 30.25 in (56.515 x 76.835 cm)


A charming 1973 pictorial view of Nantucket, Massachusetts, produced by Mickey Shemin and Henry Royster. Employing Shemin's distinctive style, though representing the island as it was in 1973, the view evokes 19th-century city views.
A Closer Look
Oriented towards the southwest, this view focuses on the town of Nantucket, the main settlement on the eponymous island. Local businesses, churches, museums, wharves, and historical sites are labeled throughout. Art galleries and antique shops are especially well-represented, likely a reflection of the creators' allegiances. The smaller town of 'Sconset (Siasconset) on the easternmost part of the island, is illustrated in an inset at bottom-left. Various landmarks around the island, including lighthouses, ships, and historic structures, surround the main view in the border, along with a map of the entire island at right. Characteristic of Shemin's work, the view is printed on parchment paper meant to look aged and is reminiscent of 19th-century city views, replete with horse-drawn carriages and a wide, ornate border.
Publication History and Census
This view was drawn by Mickey Shemin in 1973 and distributed by Henry Royster, a local publisher. It was printed in two runs, one on off-white paper and the other on yellowish paper; some of the former are individually numbered up to the full run of 300 prints. The only institution known to hold the view is the Boston Public Library and it is scarce to the market. For reasons unknown, when it does appear on the market, it more often does so in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe.


Michael 'Mickey' P. Shemin (fl. c. 1970 - 2009) was an Aspen, Colorado-based artist and illustrator who produced distinctive pictorial views of various U.S. towns and cities. Beginning his career in advertising, he quickly founded his own firm, the Pict-O-Graph Company and, among other works, began drawing maps of Aspen and other U.S. towns and cities, which were printed in small runs in the low hundreds. He also operated a short-lived antique shop in Aspen specializing in antique books and prints. Later in life he left Aspen and appears to have stopped drawing maps. More by this mapmaker...




OCLC 1005988550.