Thomas Kitchin 1786 Notes

Thomas Kitchin c.1786

An attractive and neatly engraved 18th century map of Dorset, by Thomas Kitchin, described as “An Accurate Map of Dorsetshire Drawn from the best maps, Charts &”which appeared in Henry Boswell’s Antiquities of England & Wales (London: Alexander Hogg, 1786 – 1798). Thomas Kitchin (1718-1784) was one of the most eminent and prolific cartographers of the 18th Century producing many fine maps and atlases. Printed area is approximately 21.5 x 16.5 cms (8.5 x 6.5 ins).

The cartouche in the upper left is incorporated in an idyllic rural scene with a shepherd apparently with a telescope watching over his flock. Shows the parts of Devon and Somerset in Dorset (labelled a and b) and following earlier maps (e.g. Thomas Bayly 1773) shows the number of Members of Parliament returned by boroughs by stars.

Technical Notes.

Single digital photograph of an original.

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