A Pair of Large Framed & Glazed Antique Vintage Maps. North West Africa, Peru & Bolivia.The maps read as Published Feb 1834 - J Arrowsmith London. Set in Hogarth Style Vintage Fames. The Arrowsmiths were a cartographic dynasty which operated from the late-eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth. He created many maps that covered multiple sheets and which were massive in total size. His spare yet exacting style was recognized around the world and mapmakers from other countries, especially the young country of the United States, sought his maps and charts as exemplars for their own work. Aaron Arrowsmith was born in County Durham in 1750. He came to London for work around 1770, where he found employment as a surveyor for the city's mapmakers. By 1790, he had set up his own shop which specialized in general charts. Arrowsmith had five premises in his career, most of which were located on or near Soho Square, a neighborhood the led him to rub shoulders with the likes of Joseph Banks, the naturalist, and Matthew Flinders, the hydrographer. Through his business ties and employment at the Hydrographic Office, Arrowsmith made other important relationships with Alexander Dalrymple, the Hudson's Bay Company, and others entities. In 1810 he became Hydrographer to the Prince of Wales and, in 1820, Hydrographer to the King. Aaron Arrowsmith died in 1823, whereby the business and title of Hydrographer to the King passed to his sons, Aaron and Samuel, and, later, his nephew, John. Samuel died at age 34 in 1839; his brother presided over his funeral.
After 1839, John moved into the Soho premises of his uncle and cousins. John enjoyed considerable recognition in the geography and exploration community. John was a founder member of the RGS and would serve as its unofficial cartographer for 43 years.
Several geographical features in Australia and Canada are named after him. He carried the title Hydrographer to Queen Victoria. He died in 1873 and the majority of his stock was eventually bought by Edward Stanford, who co-founded Stanford's map shop, which is still open in Covent Garden, London today. Maps in good overall condition with general wear & fold marks in the paper - The frames are solid sturdy with general wear, nicks, there are some thrift on the margins (well worth removing for this grand pair).
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