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Beague, Charles Heard, -1827
Essays towards the expression of some forms belonging to ground, according to a plan view : being part of a course of instruction in military surveying &c., on the general survey received by C.H. Beague, candidate for the Corps of Rl. Engineers.
England, not before 1811
Physical Description:
1 volume (18 leaves) ; 29 x 48 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2014 59
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Archives & Manuscripts
In 1825 Charles Heard Beague married Mary, eldest daughter of the late Major General Pringle, East India Company Service. After training he appears to have been stationed in Malta. The National Archives records a “Plan of St Michael's Bastion and Battery, Valletta, showing tenement required to be purchased for security of barrack stores. Scale: 8 inches to 500 feet. Drawn by CH Beague, Lt RE, 14 August 1826.” The London Star of July 3, 1827, records his death: "At Malta, on the 12th May, Lieut. Charles Heard Beague, Royal Engineers."
Paper watermarked Whatman 1811.
Bound in contemporary marbled paper boards.
Manuscript exercises on the art of military surveying, executed by Charles Heard Beague. The "essays" of the title are watercolor studies for illustrating changes in elevation, for surveying or mapmaking. The studies culminate in a fine watercolor plan of the entrance to Fowey Harbour, Cornwall. Principles of the studies are noted on the second leaf: "1st. Ground must be conceived as seen from above by a vertical and single view. 2nd. Mountains, hills, and hollows are to be conceived as features in the face of a country. 3rd. Each feature is to be taken and expressed as a whole object; that is according to its effect on the eye when taken in at one view. 4th Features must be studied in assemblage as well [as] individually and be expressed in their united effect as a general whole. Corollary: A topographical plan is a full face pourtrait of a country."
Subject Terms:
Beague, Charles Heard, -1827.
Fowey (England) -- Maps.
Great Britain. Army -- Officers.
Great Britain. Army. Royal Engineers.
Military topography -- Study and teaching.
Surveying -- Study and teaching.
Topographical drawing -- Study and teaching.
Topographic surveys.
Wash drawings.

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