The World by Marcia Rounds, Newport 1833.
1833 (dated) 24 x 41 in (60.96 x 104.14 cm)
This stunning schoolgirl map was hand drawn by Marcia Rounds of Newport Rhode Island in 1833. Covers the entire world on a hemisphere projection. Four smaller globes surrounding the main map describe longitude, latitude, and tropic zones. Presented in wall map format, a rarity for schoolgirl maps, which tend to be smaller. Features wonderful elaborate calligraphy used in naming the continents and seas. Wonderful hand color and whimsical overall presentation. A rare and beautiful example of an unusual map from an unusual genre.
Schoolgirl maps began appearing in England and the United States in the later part of the 18th and the early 19th century. These wonderful, fascinating, and often whimsical maps are the product of a radical change in the education of women taking place at this time. Girl's schools, which formally concentrated only on the "womanly arts," began to see a need to education women in such subjects as geography, mathematics, and science. This transition occurred at a period of globalization, prosperity, and colonization. Men were ever more frequently called away from home by the exigencies of war, economy, and the administration of global empires. Women were thus left in control of their lives and finances on the home front. The education system of the period responded to these changes by advancing studies for women in history, geography, and hard sciences. Unfortunately, many of these progressive schools were highly underfunded and lacked proper educational materials such as maps and books. One way of adapting was to learn geography by copying maps and atlases borrowed from other institutions. Schoolgirl maps appear in a variety of formats, including embroidery, painting on cloth, and drawings on paper, ivory, and wood. Many schoolgirl maps are must be considered as much folk art as cartography.
Good condition. Has undergone full professional restoration. Some staining and mold damage. Cleaned and rebacked with modern linen. Original rollers.
Currenly in the permanant collection of Duke University's Department of History. Used in the set of the Disney / Tim Burton 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland.