Place Published: England
Date Published: 1851
Description: "Map. Pen and ink with watercolor. Image measures 17.5 x 20.5"". Sheet measures 20.5 x 26""."
Comments: This pen and ink map of Europe was made in 1851 by J.H. Holt, then likely a student. It extends from the Northern Ocean, with a small part of Nova Zembla, south to Cyprus and the north coast of Africa. While from afar, the map may look like a typical mass-produced engraving, a closer look reveals that the map was made by hand. Most telling, and perhaps most fascinating, is the handwritten text, intended to mimic the various fonts of a printed map. Holt has artfully placed the names of various countries and bodies of water as to mirror the considered labeling of the original map from which he worked. The relative simplicity of the map, which does not include city names , suggests that the student was working from a school atlas as opposed to a more elaborate source. As a result, the pastel watercolor washes produce a lovely play of color that is relatively unadorned with text. The map is in good condition with wide margins, tape on left and right. Printed on thick J. Whatman paper. Manuscript map-making was a useful educational tool in the 19th century, particularly as reform movements in the United States and Europe sought to improve the quality and accessibility of education. By redrawing a map in pen and ink, a student could practice skills in art, drafting, penmanship, and calligraphy, while at the same time reviewing geography.Language: English
Book ID: 251179