Seale’s Map of Middlesex
By SEALE, R.W., 1751
To the Most Noble Thomas Holles Pelham Duke of Newcastle Lord Lieutenant of Middlesex & Westminster, His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, & Knight of the Most Noble Order of ye Garter. This Map of the Couny of Middlesex is Dedicated by his Grace’s most humble servant R.W. Seale
- Author: SEALE, R.W.
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Robert Sayer
- Publication date: 1751-c1764
- Physical description: Engraved map, fine original hand-colour in outline, laid on archivist backing with folds strengthened.
- Dimensions: 595 by 770mm. (23.5 by 30.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 15376
The engraver, Richard Seale, produced a large number of maps, most prominently those in Bowen’s ‘Large English Atlas’, a compilation of large-scale maps of all the English and Welsh counties. Alongside the labelled and illustrated representations of urban buildings, churches roads, hills and parklands, his maps also provide additional economic, historical and geographical details about the county. This map, for example, describes the genealogy of the Earls of Middlesex, and records the number of Members of Parliament sent from each district. All the maps in the atlas were available as separate sheets, and Middlesex was particularly popular as an independent map, no doubt because liverymen could make much use of the information contained along its borders. Another attractive feature is the sprawling mass of buildings in the lower right corner which represent London. The margins of the map give the longitude and latitude in minutes, and in the upper left corner, Seale has included some information on how to read it. In addition to the administrative and navigational uses, it is evident that this map was also designed with an ornamental purpose in mind, as shown by its boldly coloured and elaborate features.