C1842

Calcutta

Mapmaker:

John Walker (1813 - 1873)

Detailed c.19th plan of Calcutta, present day Kolkata, with engraved elevations of prominent buildings along the lower section of the map and with a key for the landmarks noted. Published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. References: … Read Full Description

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S/N: SDUK-170-TP–198604
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Full Title:

Calcutta

Date:

C1842

Mapmaker:

John Walker (1813 - 1873)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

390mm 
x 330mm

Paper Size: 

412mm 
x 345mm
AUTHENTICITY
Calcutta - Antique Map from 1842

Genuine antique
dated:

1842

Description:

Detailed c.19th plan of Calcutta, present day Kolkata, with engraved elevations of prominent buildings along the lower section of the map and with a key for the landmarks noted.

Published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.

References:
Phillips, P. A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress. Washington 1973 794.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 276461
State Library New South Wales: Call Numbers RB/F912/26
State Library Victoria: MAPEF 912 SO1
David Rumsey Collection: Publication List No: 0890.000
National Library New Zealand: NLNZ ALMA 9916913043502836

Mapmaker:

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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