C1771

A Plan of Madras and Fort St.George. (Chennai)

Mapmaker:

John Andrews (1766 - 1798)

Fully hand coloured example of this early plan of the city of Madras (present-day Chennai) on the east coast of India. The English East India Company purchased land at Madras in 1635 and was granted permission to build a factory … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A Plan of Madras and Fort St.George. (Chennai)

Date:

C1771

Mapmaker:

John Andrews (1766 - 1798)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

250mm 
x 175mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Plan of Madras and Fort St.George. (Chennai) - Antique Map from 1771

Genuine antique
dated:

1771

Description:

Fully hand coloured example of this early plan of the city of Madras (present-day Chennai) on the east coast of India.

The English East India Company purchased land at Madras in 1635 and was granted permission to build a factory and warehouse for their trading enterprises in 1639. Later that year, Fort St George was built to protect the Company’s maritime interests. A table top left lists items of interest within the fort and the area of Black Town, also known as George Town, which was the first settlement of the city of Madras.

Mapmaker:

John Andrews (1766 – 1798)

Surveyor, cartographer, mapseller and engraver of London. This early town plan is from his A collection of plans of the capital cities of Europe, and some remarkable cities in Asia, Africa & America: with a description of their most remarkable buildings, trade, situation, extent. Andrews’ superbly engraved and embellished series of town plans are usually found issued uncoloured, this set however has FULL ORIGINAL HAND COLOURING. We have not been able to locate another set with hand colouring such as ours, so it’s probable that this set was either coloured by the publisher from specific request from a purchaser, or the purchaser had it coloured after publication.

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