|Artist||Radclyffe, Thomas after Tovey, J|
|Published||Drawn by J. Tovey, Cheltenham. Engraved by T. Radclyffe, Birmingham. Printed and Published, 1826, by S. Y. Griffith and Co. Chronicle Office, Cheltenham|
|Dimensions||215 x 210 mm|
An early nineteenth century town plan of Cheltenham, engraved for Griffith's New Historical Description of Cheltenham and its Vicinity. The map is centred on the High St, which runs horizontally across the plate, and is very detailed, providing the footprints of individual buildings. Above, the decorative title is blazoned above the Royal Arms. Although the J. Tovey after whom the map was engraved is unknown, the family of Richard Tovey (1788-1871) had Cheltenham connections, with his son, also Richard (1823-1879), later becoming a teacher of surveying in the town.
Thomas Radclyffe (1789-1870) was a British engraver, mapmaker, printseller, and stationer, active mostly in Birmingham. The brother of the better known and more prolific engraver William Radclyffe (1783-1855), Thomas predominantly engraved topographical views.
Condition: Vertical folds, as issued. Chips and tears to bottom margin of map, with losses to title, now remargined. Minor time toning to edges of sheet.