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Geography Bewitched! or, a droll caricature Map of Scotland – c.1793-1800

  • Author: Robert Dighton
  • Publisher: Bowles & Carver
  • Date: c.1793-1800
  • Dimensions: Sheet:17.5 x 21.2 cms

Description:

Robert Dighton’s “droll caricature map” published by Bowles & Carver, c.1793-1800, depicting Scotland as a clown-like figure

About this piece:

Geography Bewitched! or, a droll caricature Map of Scotland – c.1793-1800

Sheet: 17.5 x 21.2 cms. Original hand colour. Trimmed within plate mark. Lower left corner cut across the diagonal in blank margin. One small tear to left blank margin at mid centre, closed and reinforced on verso. Some old ink annotations to verso not affecting recto image.

The second of three “droll caricature maps” designed by late Georgian artist and caricaturist, Robert Dighton [1751-1814] and her depicting Scotland. Originally issued by London print seller Carington Bowles in 1793, this is the subsequently reprinted edition bearing the imprint of his successors, his son Henry and former apprentice Samuel Carver, who formed the partnership of Bowles and Carver after his death in 1793. Their premises were located at No.69 St. Paul’s Churchyard.

Here Scotland is depicted as a colourful clown-like figure, kneeling on a cushion and wearing a large ruff collar and yellow suit, edged with red. Like many Scotsmen, he appears to be carrying a tartan plaid in a lumpy bundle on his back, which follows much of the Eastern coast of Scotland from the Firth of Tay to the Moray Firth and which has led to some describing him as a “hunchback”!

Widely reproduced by numerous copyists in different formats in the early years of the 19th Century, examples of the three maps in these earliest Bowles & Bowles and Carver editions have become increasingly scarce and hard to find.

Refs:

National Library of Scotland

BM Satires 8398