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A Map of the Colonies of Connecticut and Rhode Island
1758
Printmaker:Engraved by Thomas Kitchin , British, 1719 - 1784
Publisher:Published by R. Baldwin , British, active 1749 - 1810
Engraving; black printer's ink on laid paper, with wove paper mount
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 6 3/4 x 9 1/8in. (17.1 x 23.2cm) Sheet (height x width): 7 1/4 x 9 3/8in. (18.4 x 23.8cm) Mount (height x width): 8 5/8 x 13 1/2in. (21.9 x 34.3cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Gallery Copy: This small engraved map by Thomas Kitchin appeared in the London Magazine in April 1758. Despite its small size, it is an extremely important early map of Connecticut, the first map known to focus on the entire state. It was probably based on a general map of New England which appeared in Thomas Jefferys's American Atlas, published in London in 1755. Kitchin was responsible for a series of fifty-six maps that were published in the London Magazine between 1747 and 1760.
Description: Map of colonial Connecticut and Rhode Island, with Massachusetts Bay Province to the north and east, part of Long Island and the Long Island Sound to the south, and New York to the west. In Connecticut, Fairfield, New Haven and New London counties are labeled, as are the towns in the state. Rhode Island is divided into towns, which are labeled. Symbols mark the locations of churches or other public gathering spaces. Rivers, islands, points and elevation (shown with clusters of peaks) are the natural features shown.
Cartographic Note: Scale: About 1 1/4 inches equals 20 miles
Inscription: Recto, top center, printed in black ink: "For the Lond. Mag." Bottom right, printed in black ink: "A MAP of / the COLONIES of / CONNECTICUT / and / RHODE ISLAND, / Divided into / Counties & Townships, / from the best / Authorities. / By Tho Kitchin Geogr." Bottom center, printed in black ink: "Printed for R. Baldwin in Pater Noster Row 1758" Verso, top right, handwritten in red ink: "55493" Top right, handwritten in pencil: "Map Box - no. / No. 25" Center, handwritten in pencil: "55493" Bottom left, handwritten in pencil: "MAP Box / 25" Bottom right, handwritten in pencil: 55493"
Object Number: 1946.17.1
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