Magnificent complete set of six hand-coloured etched plans of the principal naval dockyards

By MILTON, Thomas, 1753 

Complete series of Thomas Milton’s Royal Dockyards A Geometrical Plan and North Elevation of H.M. Dock Yard at Woolwich, with part of the Town… [&] A Geometrical Plan and West Elevation of H.M. Dock Yard and Garrison at Sheerness, with the Ordnance Wharfe… [&] A Geometrical Plan and West Elevation of His Majesty’s Dock Yard near Plymouth, with the Ordnance Wharfe… [&] A Geometrical Plan and West Elevation of His Majesty’s Dock Yard near Portsmouth, with part of the Common… [&] A Geometrical Plan, & North East Elevation Of His Majesty’s Dock-Yard at Deptford, with Part of the Town… [&] A Geometrical Plan & North West Elevation of his Majesty’s Dock-Yard at Chatham, with ye village of Brompton adjacent.

British Isles London
  • Author: MILTON, Thomas
  • Publication place: [London
  • Publisher: T. Milton
  • Publication date: 1753–1756].
  • Physical description: Six etched plans with views, engraved titles, key, coat of arms and dedication to cartouches within elaborate borders, conch shells suggested at corners, includes maritime vignettes of ships and ship building, also floral motifs, watermarked laid paper, Woolwich’ with sheet trimmed, lacking lower margin, the others with wide margins, generally a little grubby and stained, with small closed tears, occasionally into plate.
  • Dimensions: 675 by 490mm (26.5 by 19.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1588

Notes

An important set of plans by Thomas Milton (1743–1827), surveyor, draughtsman and engraver, a pupil of Woollett. He worked in Dublin and London and was governor of the Society of Engravers. The draughtsmanship of the shipping is attributed to John Cleveley, father of the marine artist of the same name, on Sheerness, Chatham and Plymouth. All six are rarely offered as a complete set as here. The BL Map Library lists only four plans separately in their online catalogue. 

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