Mapping the Imagination, Lay of the Land, etching, photographic, cartographic, municipal sunken gardens, decorative, plants, watercolour, map, farm, parish, Kent, land, Jamaica, The Negroe Market, slave trade, Ptolemy, 'Geographia', Renaissance, geography, handbook, symbols, labels, cartography, landscape, imaginative, utilitarian,
Henry Maxted (active about 1730)
'A Map of a Farm and 12 Pieces of Land thereto Belonging; Lying in the Parish of Reculver in the County of Kent'
Pen and watercolour on vellum
Museum no. E.3495-1931
Given by Lady Capel Cure
Maps such as this were legal documents, recording land ownership and marking boundaries, roads and rights of way. They were also useful in estate management. This map mixes diagrammatic features with fanciful pictorial elements. It is colour-coded to distinguish different types of ground.
William Miller (1828-1909)
'Design for municipal sunken gardens'
Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Museum no. E.810-1979
Miller was a noted designer of parks and gardens. As is evident in this plan, his approach to design emphasised the decorative pattern of the layout rather than the three-dimensional aspect of a garden. The pattern would have been executed with brightly coloured bedding plants.
Bob Chaplin (born 1947)
'Pathway to Firle'
Etching and aquatint on paper
Museum no. E.418-1976
© Bob Chaplin
This print offers two complementary views of the same place: one photographic, the other cartographic. This use of map imagery helps us to understand the character of the landscape depicted in the photograph, but it makes clear that neither method of representation can give us a complete picture of a place.
George G. André
Lithograph on paper
Illustrated by B. Alexander
Published E.&F. Spon, London
National Art Library pressmark 30.B.98
This playful imaginative landscape disguises a utilitarian purpose. Fronting a handbook aimed at encouraging best practice in map drawing, it shows the standard map symbols and labels. It reflects a growing interest in the science of cartography after the Ordnance Survey was set up in 1790.