Arrowsmith’s large wall map of Greece and Western Turkey
By ARROWSMITH, Aaron, 1819
Outlines of Greece and Adjacent Countries, with Modern and Antient Names, By A. Arrowsmith.
- Author: ARROWSMITH, Aaron
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Published by A. Arrowsmith, 10 Soho Square, Hydrographer to His Majesty
- Publication date: 2nd March, 1819.
- Physical description: Large wall map, fine original outline hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, in six sections, several inset charts and maps, some minor offsetting, edged in blue silk, housed in original brown paper slipcase, rubbed with manuscript label.
- Dimensions: 1890 by 1990mm. (74.5 by 78.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 2225
Aaron Arrowsmith (1750–1823) was the finest cartographer of his generation. Although he received little formal education it is believed that he was taught some mathematical instruction by William Emerson, an author of several books on the application of mathematics to the area of cartography. Around 1770, Arrowsmith moved to London to seek employment. It is believed that he worked for William Faden before joining John Cary Sr. in the early 1780s. There he provided the measurements for John Cary’s early publication detailing the roads from London to Falmouth, his first signed work. Arrowsmith set up on his own in 1790 and over the next thirty years produced some of the most beautiful and elegant maps of the era.