|Method||Steel engraved with original hand colour|
|Published||The London Publishing and Printing Company [c.1851]|
|Dimensions||340 x 245 mm|
Inscription beneath map reads: The Illustrations by A. H. Wray: & Engraved by W. Lacey.
Featuring vignettes of Sheep Shearing, Aborigines, and Perth, from Mount Eliza.
One of the most popular cartographers of the 19th Century was John Tallis, a London publisher. Tallis was renowned for the very accurate and visually most attractive maps and views of all world areas during the Victorian Age. His star engraver and map maker was John Rapkin. During the mid 19th Century many books of travel and exploration were published by Tallis, using the extraordinary artistic and engraving skills of John Rapkin. In 1851 Tallis published his famous Illustrated Atlas.
The principal features of Tallis maps are the extensive use of vignette views and highly ornamental engraved framing of the perimeter. Most of his maps contained a limited amount of color, usually outlining boundaries and major terrain features. Later in the Nineteenth Century, many owners of Tallis atlases commissioned colorists to tint the beautiful vignettes.
John Tallis and Company published views, maps and Atlases in London from 1838 to 1851. They expanded on the earlier works of Cary and Arrowsmith. John Rapkin was the principle engraver. The London Printing and publishing Company of London and New York bought the rights for many Tallis maps in 1850 and continued Publishing his Illustrated Atlas of the World until the mid 1850s.
John Rapkin (1815 - 76) was an English engraver and map maker. During the mid-nineteenth century, Rapkin worked primarily for the London publisher John Tallis (1817 - 76), whose maps were well-known for their ornate detail and vignette views. As well as Tallis' Illustrated Atlas..., Rapkin drew and engraved maps for R. Montgomery Martin's British Colonies: their history (London: John Tallis, 1849), and drew maps for Wright's Universal Pronouncing Dictionary (c. 1850)