Rare trade card depicting Georgian Islington

By BAKER, Benjamin, 1798 

[Trade Card of Islington] Benj. Baker Engraver Near the Tatched House, Lower Street Islington. N.B. Maps, Charts, & c. Accurately Engrav’d.

British Isles London
  • Author: BAKER, Benjamin
  • Publication place: [Islington
  • Publication date: c1798-1800].
  • Physical description: Engraved trade card.
  • Dimensions: 115 by 75mm (4.5 by 3 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 3105


Benjamin Baker was a prolific producer of engraved maps from the late 18th.c onwards. As a map engraver and publisher he resided first at 32 High Street, Islington from 1791 — 1793 and then in Lower Street, Islington from 1798–1800. In 1804 he became principal engraver to the Ordnance Survey and he and his firm were regarded as the best topographical engravers in Europe.” This cartographic trade card advertises Baker’s services as an engraver of maps and charts and his address at Lower Street, Islington would appear to date the card somewhere between 1798–1800.

A key to the upper right lists schools, religious houses, alms houses, and a turnpike road.