|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Artist||Owen, John and Bowen, Emanuel|
|Dimensions||185 x 113 mm|
Undoubtedly, one of the most popular atlases of the early eighteenth century, John Owen's 'Britannia Depicta' was a pocket-sized atlas of county maps and strip road maps engraved by Emanuel Bowen. Based on John Ogilby's famous road book of 1675, 'Britannia Depicta' was first published forty-five years later in 1720. The maps are immensely detailed and finely engraved, and include, within decorated cartouches, information regarding market days, distances etc. pertaining to the county shown.The engraving also details the surrounding topography including churches, bridges, pastures, woods and hills. The black dots or points in the middle of the road are the stations of the miles, with their respective numbers affixed to them.
Emmanuel Bowen (c.1693 - 1767), was one of the leading eighteenth century map and print sellers and engravers in London. He was appointed Engraver of maps to George II of England and possibly held a similar role for Louis XV of France. His apprentices included Thomas Kitchin and Thomas Jeffreys. He collaborated with other map makers of his time, including the Bowles family and John Owen.