Author: Hall, Sidney
Date published: 1840Steel engraving with original hand colouring. Overall size 61.3cms x 50.3cms; image size: 511mm x 411mm. Piano key border. Finely engraved map with mountain ranges delineated with hachures, towns, rivers, marked. The Balearic Islands of Ibiza, Majorca and Minorca shown off the coast right. The sites of two famous Napoleonic battles are marked bottom left namely the victory and death of Lord Nelson at Trafalgar 1805 and the victory of Sir John Jervis at the battle of Cape St Vincent in 1797. Centrefold as published. Little browning to margin edges else very good condition. Sidney Hall was an engraver, cartographer and copperplate printer. Worms and Baynton-Williams state in,'British Map Engravers' that Hall was almost certainly the first engraver to use the new harder steel plates for map work, using plates manufactured by the Jacob Perkins process as early as 1821. He died at the age of forty two and his widow Selina Hall, continued the business, her practice of signing her engravings simply as,'S.Hall' has caused much confusion among bibliographers.
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