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A Correct Map of Connecticut from actual Survey
1797
Printmaker:Engraved by Amos Doolittle , American, 1754 - 1832
Engraving; black priinter's ink and watercolor on paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 13 x 16in. (33 x 40.6cm) Platemark (height x width): 13 3/8 x 16 1/2in. (34 x 41.9cm) Sheet (height x width): 16 1/8 x 20 3/4in. (41 x 52.7cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Hokan B. Steffanson
Gallery Copy: It's not clear why the engraver Amos Doolittle claimed that his Correct Map of Connecticut was based on an actual survey. There is no evidence that any new statewide survey took place in the 1790s and a small map of this sort would certainly have utilized existing sources. Doolittle made no such claim for his 1795 map of Connecticut, which he simply described as being "from the best Authorities." The later map appeared as an illustration in Benjamin Trumbull's Complete History of Connecticut (Hartford: Hudson & Goodwin, 1797).
Description: Map of Connecticut, from Massachusetts to the north, Rhode Island to the east, part of Long Island and the Long Island Sound to the south, and New York State to the west. The state is divided into counties, which are labeled and delineated with broken solid lines. Cities are denoted on the map as cross-hatched squares and meeting houses and courthouses with little buildings. Natural features include elevation, depicted with hachure marks, rivers, ponds, harbors, islands and points. The cartouche features the state seal, with its three grapevines, and the state motto in Latin, "Qui transtulit sustinet" ("He who transplanted still sustains.")
Cartographic Note: Scale: 1 1/2 inches equals 10 miles
Inscription: Recto, bottom right, printed in black ink: "A Correct MAP of / CONNECTICUT / from actual Survey / Engraved by A. Doolittle Newhaven" Verso, top left corner, handwritten in pencil: "MAP / Box / 56" Center, handwritten in pencil: "56257" Bottom left, handwritten in pencil: "MAP BOX / 56" Bottom center, handwritten in pencil: "Map / Box / #56" Bottom right, handwritten in pencil: "56257"
Object Number: 1947.20.1
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