Plan of the country around Shanghai Compiled from the best Authorities with numerous additions from Actual Survey
- Author: WATERS, T.J.
- Publication place: Shanghai
- Publication date: c1890
- Physical description: Cyanotype map.
- Dimensions: 880 by 960mm. (34.75 by 37.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11844
The original map was compiled by Thomas Waters (1842–98). Waters was an Irish civil engineer and architect who carved out a successful early career in Japan, designing the Imperial Mint in Osaka and the headquarters for the Imperial Japanese Army. He worked briefly in Shanghai at the end of the 1880s, before going out to Colorado to join his brothers in silver and gold mining.
The map may have been drawn up as part of Waters’ bid for the commission to construct a new waterworks in Shanghai. Waters was a strong contender in the competition, as he had experience in the field: he was partially responsible for the construction of Japan’s first sewer system.