|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||[London, c. 1798]|
|Dimensions||162 x 215 mm|
An attractive mid-eighteenth century map of the county of Gloucestershire from Francis Grose's A new and Complete Abridgment or Selection of the Most Interesting and Important Subjects in the Antiquities of England and Wales. These maps were first issued in The London Magazine from 1746-1760. A key in the bottom right provides details of Borough Towns, Market Towns, the road network, parishes, and villages. In the top left, the title is enclosed in a monumental cartouche, and the arms of Gloucester are included in the bottom right corner of the plate.
Thomas Kitchin (1718-1784) was one of the best and most prolific engravers of the eighteenth century. He issued The General Atlas, Describing the Whole Universe , first published in 1773, and regularly reissued thereafter. His work also included a large number of maps of the English counties, particularly for the London Magazine (1747-1760), the Universal Magazine (1747-1766), and for Dodsley's England Illustrated (1764). Other maps were published in conjunction with Emanuel Bowen in the Large English Atlas and the Royal English Atlas (1763).