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Charming, Student Exercise Map of the United States

United States/ Education. ANONYMOUS [American, c. 1820]
A Map Of The United States. . 10 ΒΌ x 17 inches
Pen & ink & watercolors. Expertly conserved & mounted on new linen with original, ebonized, wooden rollers. Old cracking stabilized, a few losses though mainly to margins, toned, very good of this kind.


An overall nicely preserved example of a cartographic school exercise most likely by an American schoolgirl. Its date is based on the geography presented, which reflects Lewis and Clark knowledge of the west but little else in this area. Hand drawn and colored maps of this type were a popular education exercise in American, as well as English schools from the late 18th to the mid 19th century. These could involve attractive, free-style decorative flourishes; this work, for example, has a lovely floral garland surrounding its title. Judging by the extant signed examples of this type of map, the majority were done by girls. The student-creator of this map exhibited a dogged conscientiousness by squeezing in a remarkable number of place names.

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