This is a 1784 Thomas Kitchin map or plan of the proposed route for the Trollhätte Canal in Sweden. The map depicts the Gotha River (Göta älv) south from Trolhaetta (Trollhättan) and through the cataracts or rapids south of the city. Several islands and falls are labeled along the course of the river, along with Wooden Road which is illustrated running along the bank of the river. An inset map illustrates the course of the Gotha River from Wenner Lake to Aker. Approximately 3.5 million tons of freight and 3,000 to 4,000 pleasure boats travel through the canal every year.
This map was produced by Thomas Kitchin and published by T. Cadell in 1784.
Thomas Kitchin (August 4, 1718 – June 23, 1784) was a London based engraver, cartographer, and publisher. He was born in London to a hat-dyer of the same name. At 14, Kitchin apprenticed under Emanuel Bowen, under whom he mastered the art of engraving. He married Bowen daughter, Sarah Bowen, and later inherited much of his preceptor's prosperous business. Their son, Thomas Bowen Kitchin, also an engraver joined the family business, which thereafter published in Thomas Kitchin and Son. From 1858 or so Kitchin was the engraver to the Duke of York, and from about 1773 acquired the title, 'Royal Hydrographer to King George III.' He is responsible for numerous maps published in the The Star, Gentleman's Magazine, and London Magazine, as well as partnering with, at various times, with Thomas Jefferys, Emmanuel Bowen, Thomas Hinton, Issac Tayor, Andrew Dury, John Rocque, Louis de la Rochette, and Alexander Hogg, among others. Kitchin passed his business on to his son, Thomas Bowen Kitchin, who continued to republish many of his maps well after his death. Kitchin's apprentices included George Rollos, Bryant Lodge, Thomas Bowen Kitchin, Samuel Turner Sparrow, John Page, and Francis Vivares.
Very good. Light transferrence. Light soiling. Blank on verso.