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Description of Jarsey.
Additional Title(s):
Description of Jersey
England, 1600.
Physical Description:
1 map : pen and ink and watercolor ; 42 x 58 cm, on sheet 44 x 59 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio C 2010 5g
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Maps & Atlases (manuscript)
Scale approximately 1:50,000. -- (W 2°19'00"--W 1°57'00"/N 49°18'00"--N 49°09'00")
Provenance: From the collection of George Legge, first Baron Dartmouth, 1648-1691 (see Sotheby's sale, March 8-10, 1948). Baron Dartmouth was Master-General of the Ordnance to Charles II and James II. His collection of maps was partly abstracted from Royal map collections, an arrangement described by Pepys in Bodleian Library MS Rawl. A. 171, 17r-20v. See also Skelton and Wallis. According to Skelton, the present map is "one of two items which can beyond reasonable doubt be identified with maps in the Royal Library catalogue" (of c. 1661-1666). It is numbered "24" in black ink, "vi.24.a" in graphite.
Title and date from cartouche. The full cartouche reads: "The description of Jarsey, conteining: Parishes 12, Vintaynes 50, Households 2047. The figures written with black inke do expresse the number of householdes in the bynamed Vintaine. The red figures the number of houses in the whole parish. The pricked lines in the bayes do signify the low water marke. Anno 1600."
Selected exhibitions: "Compass and rule : architecture as mathematical practice in early modern England, 1550-1750" (Yale Center for British Art, February 18, 2010-May 30, 2010); "The Mapmaker's art: 300 years of British cartography" (Yale Center for British Art, January 17-March 12, 1989).
Skelton, R. "The Royal map collections of England." In Imago mundi, vol. 13 (1956), p. 181-183
Wallis, H. "The Royal map collections of England." In Revista da Universidade de Coimbra, vol. XXVIII (1980), p. 466-467
Manuscript map of the island of Jersey, drawn in 1600. The author is unknown, although the map appears to be connected to the circle of the royal Surveyor of Works, Robert Adams (d. 1595). The map specifies the location of fortifications, houses, churches, windmills, and other man-made features. The rocks around the island are represented by small triangles, and dotted lines in the bays show low water marks. The entire map is covered with a penciled grid, which appears to have been added at a later date. Such grids were often used to make an enlarged or reduced copy. In this case, it may have enabled a quick reckoning of areas and distances. The grid size matches the one-mile opening of the scale compasses at the upper right.
Subject Terms:
Adams, Robert, -1595.
Fortification -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Defenses.
Great Britain -- History, Military -- 1485-1603.
Jersey -- Maps.
Maps -- Jersey.
Ink drawings.
Dartmouth, George Legge, Baron, 1648-1691, former owner.

The Mapmaker's Art: 300 Years of British Cartography (Yale Center for British Art, January 17, 1989-March 12, 1989) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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