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Clark's map of Fairfield County, Connecticut
Surveyor:Surveyed by Jacob Chace, Jr. , American, 1819 - 1862
Printmaker:Lithographed by Wagner & McGuigan , American, 1845 - 1859
Publisher:Published by Richard Clark , American
Lithography; black printer's ink and water color on paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 60 3/8 x 51 7/8in. (153.4 x 131.8cm) Sheet (height x width): 63 1/2 x 54 1/4in. (161.3 x 137.8cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: This large and important early map of Fairfield County clearly illustrates the important role played by Philadelphia printers and publishers in the mapmaking industry in mid-nineteenth century America. While the primary market for the map would have been in Fairfield County itself, none of the individuals involved in its production were from Fairfield County, or even from Connecticut. Both Wagner & McGuigan, the lithographic firm that printed the map, and Richard Clark, who published it, had successful businesses in Philadephia. While Clark employed local surveyors for some of his Connecticut maps, the surveyor for the Fairfield County map was Jacob Chace, Jr., an itinerant who produced surveys up and down the East Coast, from Pennsylvania to Nova Scotia.
Description: Physical and political map of Fairfield County, Connecticut, extending from Litchfield and New Haven Counties to the north, New Haven County to the east, the Long Island Sound to the south, and the state of New York to the west. Most of the town borders are outlined in red, green or pink and shaded in lighter tones of the same color, while some were left uncolored. In addition to the map of the entire county, many towns, villages and boroughs have been detailed in plans inset around the county map: Georgetown, South Norwalk, Fairfield, Stamford, Newtown, Westport, New Canaan, New Fairfield, Brookfield, Norwalk, Brookfield Iron Works, Sherman, Sandy Hook, Southport, Greenwich, Black Rock, Mianus, East Porchester, Cos Cob, Bridgeport, Bethel, Danbury and Stratford. On the right and left sides, interspersed with the leafy border pattern, are vignettes of Iranistan, P.T. Barnum's residence; St. Pauls' Church in Fairfield; the residence of John B. Knapp in Stamford; the residence of F.M. Ray in South Norwalk; the residence of G. Keeler in Golden Hill; the residence of Captain W.L. Lyon in Greenwich; the residence of Richard W. Winslow in Westport; the Episcopal Church and Parsonage in Norwalk; the residence of A.S. Hammersley, Esq., in Westport; the residence of Z. Fairman in Newtown; the Golden Hill Institute and the Court House in Bridgeport. At the bottom of the map, there are two tables, one that lists abbreviations for Fairfield County and one that lists the population of 22 towns according to the 1850 census.
Cartographic Note: Scale: 1 inch equals 250 rods
Inscription: Recto, lower right, printed in black ink: "CLARK'S / MAP OF / FAIRFIELD / COUNTY, / CONNECTICUT. FROM ACTUAL SURVEY BY & UNDER THE DIRECTION OF / J. CHACE Jr. CIV. ENG. TROY N.Y. & W.J. BARKER N. HECTOR NEW YORK. / PUBLISHED BY / RICHARD CLARK. / 115 Wharton St. PHILADELPHIA / 1856. / Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1586 by Richard Clark in the Clerks office of the District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania / Wagner & McGuigan Lith. No. 4 Franklin Place, Philada. / Scale, 250 Rods to the Inch." Lower left, handwritten in black ink: "59461" Lower left, handwritten in pencil: "7491"
Object Number: 2012.312.179
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