Wyld, James - Kingdom of the Netherlands
Long title: France Kingdom of the Netherlands. Steel engraving with original full wash hand colour denoting the regions . Overall sheet size: 59cms x 81cms; image size: 554mm x 610mm. Decorative cartouche. Centrefold split repaired left side 6cms from map edge into map (now invisible from front) else very good condition with vibrant full wash original hand colouring.
James Wyld was apprenticed to William Faden , taking over the business in 1823 and becoming Geographer to His Majesty (George IV and William IV) and his maps were among the most excellent published in the Nineteenth Century. He enjoyed a very successful career but died early from overwork. His son continued and expanded the business having joined his father in the map trade at 18. He became Geographer to the Queen and H.R.H. Prince Albert and was M.P. for Bodmin from 1847-1852 and from 1857-1868. He was master of the Clothworkers Company and worked hard for the promotion of technical schools. Like his father he was held in high esteem and held no less than 17 European orders of merit. He died in 1887 in Kensington. His son James John Cooper Wyld (1845-1907) took over on his father's death but sold the family business to G.W. Bacon in 1892. (Tooley)