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An Improved Map of the United States
Draftsman:Drawn by Shelton & Kensett , American, founded 1813
Printmaker:Engraved by Amos Doolittle , American, 1754 - 1832
Publisher:Published by Shelton & Kensett , American, founded 1813
Engraving; black printer's ink and watercolor on laid paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 17 5/8 x 19 1/2in. (44.8 x 49.5cm) Platemark (height x width): 19 3/8 x 22in. (49.2 x 55.9cm) Sheet (height x width): 20 1/8 x 24 5/8in. (51.1 x 62.5cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. C. G. Rockwood
Gallery Copy: Created in the midst of the War of 1812, this map records the major naval battles of that conflict. It was an early publication of the firm of Shelton & Kensett, located in the little rural town of Cheshire, Connecticut. Shelton & Kensett also published Ralph Rawdon's engraving of the Battle Fought Near Moravian Town October 2nd 1813 and Let the Weapons of War Perish, designed by Thomas Kensett himself, and many other maps and prints. Kensett was the father of the well-known landscape painter John Frederick Kensett.
Description: Map of the United States, depicting East and West Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the District of Maine. Orleans Territory, Mississippi Territory, Illinois Territory, Indiana Territory, Northwest Territory, and Louisiana are also shown, along with Upper and Lower Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Towns are marked with circles. Physical features include elevation, conveyed through clusters of peaks, rivers, islands, and lakes. In the Atlantic Ocean part of the map, several ships are depicted with descriptions of how they fared in battle in 1812 and 1813: the U.S. Frigate Chesapeak; the U.S. Frigate Constitution; the U.S. Sloop of War Wasp; the U.S. Sloop of War Hornet; the U.S. Sloop of War Argus; and the U.S. Frigate United States. Distance lists appear on both sides of the map, and below it are lists of the inhabitants and staple commodities of each state. The cartouche depicts an eagle with outstretched wings perched above the U.S. shield.
Cartographic Note: Scale: about 1/2 inch equals 50 miles; 69 1/2 miles to 1 degree
Inscription: Recto, top center, printed in black ink: "Copy right secured & entered according to act of Congress Novr. 8th 1813" Lower right, printed in black ink: "AN IMPROVED MAP / of the / United States / BY / Shelton & Kensett" Bottom center, printed in black ink: "Published by Shelton & Kensett Cheshire Connect. Novr. 8th 1813" Verso, top left corner, handwritten in pencil: "Print / Drw 2 / #9" Bottom left corner, handwritten in red ink: "27379"
Object Number: 1917.13.1
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