The map is entitled A New Map of Scotland for Ladies Needlework. The title is at the top of the map and the text is encircled by greenery and tartan and supported by a Highlander. It is noted as published in London by Laurie and Whittle, No.53 Fleet Street, 1797. The map is colour tinted and is presented in an oval setting. The rolled sheet is approximately 45cm x 50 cm.
New Map of Scotland for Ladies Needlework, 1797
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Administrative / Biographical History
Robert Laurie (1755-1836) and James Whittle (1757-1818) were London map, chart and printsellers active from 1794 to 1812 trading variously as Laurie and Whittle or Whittle and Laurie. Laurie began his career as a fine mezzotint engraver and exhibited at the Society of Artists from 1770-76. With Whittle, they took over Robert Sayer's business and Laurie stopped engraving. The firm published many atlases and maps and products used for jigsaws. Robert's son, Richard Holmes Laurie, succeeded him upon his retirement in 1812, and after Whittle's death in 1818 carried on the business alone until at least 1840. The firm still exists as Imray, Laurie, Norie and Wilson Ltd. and they have long specialized in marine charts.
This map of Scotland was made by Laurie and Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, 1797.
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Accession no: E2007.10
The biographic/administrative history was compiled using: (1) [online] George Glazer Gallery [Accessed 7 February 2007].
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Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections