|Published||Designed and Drawn by Ernest Clegg, MBE. Devised by Donald McCullough. Reproduced and printed by John Waddington Limited, Leeds, England, 1947.|
|Dimensions||388 x 536 mm|
A very decorative and colourful map of Northern Ireland, designed by Ernest Clegg for an incomplete series published by Countryman Magazine entitled The Countryman County Maps of Britain. The map, like the others in the series, was intended to promote British manufacture, industry, and agriculture, and to raise money for the Women's Land Army Benevolent Fund during the lean years following the close of the second World War. The map's military focus is readily apparent, with numerous regimental crests, badges, achievements, stations, and actions listed. The map also shows the main productions of each Northern Irish county and city, with notes and banderoles listing 'Orchards', 'Potatoes', 'Flax', and many others. The title cartouche is a nod to Clegg's interest in the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement and its obsession with Medieval calligraphy and design. The spaces between the coasts and the border of the map are filled with text panels on various points of interest, including noting the close ties that bind Northern Ireland not only to the United Kingdom, but also to the United States and Canada. In the top right corner is a vignette of Stormont, and in the bottom left, a similar boxed illustration of Caledon House.
Ernest Clegg (1876-1954) was a British graphic designer, cartogapher, and advertiser, active in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Clegg served in the Boer War and the First World War, and although resident in America at the outbreak of World War Two, returned to England in 1944, producing a series of British County maps for the Countryman Magazine.
Condition: Superb clean impression.