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Connecticut From the best Authorities
Draftsman:Drawn by Benjamin Tanner , American, 1775 - 1848
Printmaker:Engraved by Benjamin Tanner , American, 1775 - 1848
Publisher:Published by John Reid , American, probably 1764 - 1828
Engraving; printed in black ink on laid paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 13 7/8 x 17 1/8in. (35.2 x 43.5cm) Platemark (height x width): 4 3/4 x 18in. (12.1 x 45.7cm) Sheet (height x width): 17 x 20 1/2in. (43.2 x 52.1cm)
Credit Line: Gift of William C. Conklin
Gallery Copy: Benjamin Tanner had a long career as an engraver of maps, first in New York, and later in Philadelphia. This map of Connecticut, which appeared in Winterbotham's History of America, published by John Reid in New York in 1796, is an early work, and is closely based on Amos Doolittle's 1795 map with the same title. A close comparison of the two maps reveals Doolittle's greater skill as an engraver.
Description: The state of Connecticut, with the borders of Vermont and Massachusetts to the north, Rhode Island to the east, Long Island and the Long Island Sound to the south, and the oblong and New York to the west. The state is divided into counties and towns, with sketches of little buildings indicating courthouses, and open circles indicating churches or other houses of public worship. Elevation is depicted using clusters of peaks. The Stratford (Housatonic), Naugatuc (Naugatuck), Connecticut, Farmington, Windsor, Thames, Quinabaug, and Shetucket Rivers are among the rivers shown. Other natural features include ponds.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 3/4 inches equals 5 miles
Inscription: Recto, bottom right, printed in black ink: "CONNECTICUT / From the best / AUTHORITIES . / B. Tanner, del. & sculpt." Bottom, printed in black ink: "Engraved for the American Edition of Winterbothams History of America, Published by John Reid." Verso, center, handwritten in pencil: "82332" Bottom left, handwritten in pencil: "Map Box / 146" Bottom right, handwritten in pencil: "82332"
Object Number: 1971.71.2
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