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Copper engraving after Wyld engraved by Hewitt with original hand colouring. Overall size hinged into off white fully conservation grade mount and back with decorative v groove : 44.6 cms x 39.5cms; image size: 291mm x 222mm. Vignette bottom right of pagodas and chinese boat; tracks of the Alceste & Lyra 1816 voyage (carrying Lord Amherst on his diplomatic mission to China) marked and of and track of the Lyon . Very good condition.
Nathaniel Rogers Hewitt (fl.1804-1841) was a map draughtsman, engraver, printer and map colourist. (See British Map Engravers Worms and Baynton-Williams. James Wyld (1790-1836) Mapseller, cartopgrapher, publisher, engraver, lithographer, globemaker and surveyor. He took over the Faden business in 1823, subequently becoming Geographer to the King. The business was continued by his son James Wyld 2 after he died, it said by overwork, in 1836.