C1845

Antwerp

Mapmaker:

John Walker (1813 - 1873)

$A 285

In stock

S/N: TP-SDUK-163–188955
(C018)

Full Title:

Antwerp

Date:

C1845

Mapmaker:

John Walker (1813 - 1873)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

390mm 
x 330mm

Description:

Detailed plan of Antwerp with engraved elevations of prominent buildings along the lower section of the map. Inset Plan of the Scheldt & the Forts from Antwerp to Lillo. Published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.

Biography:

The
Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

The Society for the Diffusion of Useful
Knowledge was founded in 1826 and was a London organisation that published
inexpensive but high quality maps intended to adapt scientific and similarly
high-minded material for the rapidly expanding reading public. It was
established mainly at the instigation of Lord Brougham with the ambition of
publishing information to people who were unable to obtain formal teaching, or
who preferred self-education.  Particularly the town plans that were
produced often included beautiful and intricate vignettes of the
cityscape.  Importantly, SDUK (as it is often called) recorded the latest
discoveries in Australia and America at the height of the European exploration
of both nations. It received quite a lot of criticism from scholars and the
elite due to its progressive influence in education reform; however despite its
opposition, the forward-looking ideals of the Society for the Diffusion of
Useful Knowledge played a meaningful part in nineteenth-century educational
history.

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