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A Map of the United States and British Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada with other parts adjacent
1816
Printmaker:Engraved by Amos Doolittle , American, 1754 - 1832
Printmaker:Engraved by Thomas Kensett , American, 1786 - 1829
Printer:Printed by Shelton & Kensett , American, founded 1813
Engraving; black printer's ink and watercolor on paper, lined with linen
Primary Dimensions (.a image height x width): 23 1/8 x 17 3/4in. (58.7 x 45.1cm) Sheet (.a height x width): 23 3/4 x 18 3/8in. (60.3 x 46.7cm) Mount (.a height x width): 24 x 18 5/8in. (61 x 47.3cm) Primary Dimensions (.b image height x width): 23 1/2 x 18 1/2in. (59.7 x 47cm) Sheet (.b height x width): 24 x 18 1/2in. (61 x 47cm) Mount (.b height x width): 24 1/8 x 18 5/8in. (61.3 x 47.3cm) Primary Dimensions (.c image height x width): 23 1/2 x 17 5/8in. (59.7 x 44.8cm) Sheet (.c height x width): 24 x 18 1/2in. (61 x 47cm) Mount (.c height x width): 24 1/4 x 18 5/8in. (61.6 x 47.3cm) Primary Dimensions (.d image height x width): 23 1/2 x 18in. (59.7 x 45.7cm) Sheet (.d height x width): 25 1/8 x 18 1/2in. (63.8 x 47cm) Mount (.d height x width): 25 1/2 x 18 3/4in. (64.8 x 47.6cm) Primary Dimensions (.e image height x width): 23 1/2 x 18 1/2in. (59.7 x 47cm) Sheet (.e height x width): 25 3/8 x 18 1/2in. (64.5 x 47cm) Mount (.e height x width): 25 5/8 x 18 5/8in. (65.1 x 47.3cm) Primary Dimensions (.f image height x width): 23 1/2 x 17 3/4in. (59.7 x 45.1cm) Sheet (.f height x width): 25 3/8 x 18 1/4in. (64.5 x 46.4cm) Mount (.f height x width): 25 3/8 x 18 5/8in. (64.5 x 47.3cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: Shelton & Kensett were unusually explicit in identifying the sources for the small pictures in the lower corners of their huge map of the United States and Canada. The inscription accompanying the cartouche states that "This view of the Falls of Niagara is Engraved from Tardieus Map Published in Paris." A "Plan and Description of an Ancient Work" is credited to "Mr. Enos Cutler, Deputy Surveyor," and they even explain that the "Plan of the Ancient Works at Marietta" was taken by "the Hon. Gen. Parsons and Communicated to the Rev. Doctor Stiles President of Yale College," who presumably made the drawing available to the mapmakers. Shelton & Kensett do not, however, explain that the map itself is closely based on Pierre Francois Tardieu's map, that it makes use of Abraham Bradley's postal maps, or that it incorporates recent discoveries by Zebulon Pike. Such unattributed borrowings were common in early maps. With its large scale and wealth of detailed, up-to-date information, the Shelton & Kensett map is a remarkable production for a couple of engravers working in remote, rural Chesire, Connecticut.
Description: Map of the United States and Canada, from Upper and Lower Canada to the north; the Atlantic Ocean to the east; Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia to the south, and Louisiana to the west. State, territory and country boundary lines are outlined in color. Smaller land divisions include districts, counties and towns, ranges, purchases and divisions. Roads are included. Natural features consist of mountain ranges, drawn in relief; lakes; bays; rivers; waterfalls; and islands. Lands inhabited or hunted on by Native Americans are also labeled. The Missouri, St. Lawrence and Mississippi Rivers are all labeled with a brief, descriptive paragraph. The decorative cartouche features Niagara Falls complete with rainbow and mist, and two Native Americans, one with a weapon, on the rocky ledge overlooking the falls. Below the cartouche is a description of Niagara Falls. To the left of the map is a text block titled, "Remnants of Antiquity," which describes monuments found in Ohio and Indiana Territory.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 1 inch equals about 30 miles Dimensions Note: The map is composed of six pieces. Dimensions for each piece are listed separately.
Inscription: Recto, right side, printed in black ink: "TO / THE PRESIDENT / The / Senators and Representatives of the United States / THIS MAP OF / THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / Is most Respectfully Dedicated by / SHELTON & KENSETT / 1816 / A. Doolittle and T. Kensett Sculp" Bottom right, printed in black ink: "A MAP / of the / UNITED STATES / and British Provinces of / UPPER and LOWER CANADA / with other parts adjacent / BY / SHELTON & KENSETT." Bottom center, printed in black ink: "Scale of Miles / Projected by Thomas Kensett / Entered according to Act of Congress October 1st,, 1816 in the Dist. of Connecticut" Left side, under "PLAN and DESCRIPTION of an ANCIENT WORK," printed in black ink: "by Mr. Enos Culter, Deputy Surveyor" Left side, printed in black ink: "PLAN of the ANCIENT WORKS at MARIETTA / taken by the Hon Gen Parsons and communicated / to the Rev Doctor Stiles President of Yale College"
Object Number: 2012.312.87
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