1982 Peter Wolf Pictorial Map of Texas

A Historical Map of Texas Beginning with the Spanish Explorations. - Main View

1982 Peter Wolf Pictorial Map of Texas


Unrecorded pictorial map of Texas by a legendary Broadway set designer.


A Historical Map of Texas Beginning with the Spanish Explorations.
  1982 (dated)     23.25 x 33.5 in (59.055 x 85.09 cm)     1 : 2816000


An unrecorded 1982 pictorial map of Texas history drawn by Bill Car and issued by the Broadway set designer Peter Wolf.
A Closer Look
The map pays respectful homage to all things Texas. Texas dominates the image, with its northern stovepipe extending into the map's decorative border. Throughout, important sites in Texas history are noted, along with historical annotations. Surrounding the map are illustrations of important Texas figures, with Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, William B. Travis, and Davie Crockett taking pride of place. Additionally, the map illustrates historical events ranging from the Franciscan Mission, to the Alamo, to the formation of the Texas Rangers, to Texas joining the United States. It features a decorative border inherited from a 19th-century map design. An inner border features historical cattle brands - we recognize a few, including King Ranch.
Publication History and Census
This map was drawn by Bill Car, designed by Peter Wolf, and published in 1982 by Peter Wolf Concepts. Historical research and art direction was done by James Frazer. We do not see examples recorded in any institutional collection and note very limited market history. This example came from Wolf's estate. His archives are being donated to Southern Methodist University. The archives contain several examples of this map, but most were heavily damaged in storage. Perhaps 25 surviving examples are known.


Peter Wolf (June 11, 1918 - May 30, 2005) was an American artist and Broadway set designer. Wolf was born in Southampton, Long Island, New York. He attended Yale Drama School, where he met his wife, Caroline Mariah. Early on he developed a connection with Texas while working with Dallas Summer Musicals, which he was involved with for 35 seasons. Wolf moved to Dallas permanently in 1947. His design company, Peter Wolf Concepts, was a tour de force in the world of theater, but his work also extended to murals for the Adolphus Hotel, corporate design, and projects for Ross Perot. He also issued a pictorial map of Texas - his only known cartographic work. Wolf died in Texas in 2005 and his archives are scheduled to be donated to the Southern Methodist University. More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Light foxing and slight surface scuffing.