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Steel engraving with original outline hand colouring denoting the different counties. Overall size 50.1cms x 61.5cms; image size: 407mm x 513mm. Piano key border. Some pale brown marking in left blank areas and browning to borders. Highly detailed, large finely engraved attractive map in 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.