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A Map of Connecticut
about 1813
Draftsman:Drawn by Polly Ludington , American, born 1799
Drawing; black ink and watercolor on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 13 x 16in. (33 x 40.6cm) Sheet (height x width): 15 x 19 3/8in. (38.1 x 49.2cm) Mount (height x width): 15 x 19 3/8in. (38.1 x 49.2cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. George Potter
Gallery Copy: The study of geography played an important part in the education of children during the nineteenth century. The copying of printed maps was one way that Connecticut schoolgirls and schoolboys learned about the physical features of the earth, the North American continent, and their own state. Polly Ludington's map of Connecticut is closely based on an engraved map of Connecticut by the New Haven artist Amos Doolittle, first published in 1795. Like Doolittle, she indicated the location of courthouses, churches ("and other houses of public worship"), roads, hills, and mountains. Copying this map would have taught Polly a lot about her state. A woman named Polly Ludington was born in Bethlehem, Connecticut on August 21, 1799. She married Colonel Seymour Knapp in January 1818, when she was nineteen years old. Colonel Knapp had previously been married to her older sister Betsey, who died in September 1817, after three years of marriage. It is not certain that this Polly Ludington drew the map, but the name is not common and the dates seem appropriate.
Description: A map of the state of Connecticut, divided into eight counties, with the border of Massachusetts to the north, Rhode Island to the east, the Long Island Sound to the south, and New York to the west. The legend in the top left provides explanations for the depictions of cities, court houses, meeting houses, roads, mountains and "remarkable hills," and county lines. Towns, cities, rivers, and islands are labeled. Meeting houses and court houses are represented by small building symbols. Elevation is conveyed with hachure marks.
Cartographic Note: No scale
Inscription: Recto, top left, handwritten in blue ink: "63495" Bottom right, handwritten in black ink: "A / MAP / of / CONNECTICUT / by / POLLY LUDINGTON"
Object Number: 1954.33.0
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