A Rare Raised-Relief Map of London, Published by the Ordnance Survey Office 1876

Origin: English
Period: Mid-Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: 1876
Height: 32”
Width: 26”
Depth: 1”

The scarce hand-coloured map with raised ranges in relief, of London and the immediate surrounding area with the Thames river running through the centre, bordered by ripple moulded ebonised frame, the lower right corner reading Engraved at the ORDNANCE SURVEY OFFICE Southampton, under the direction of Colonel J.Bayley R.E. C.B...... the outline and writing by A.Dalziel, the ornament by G.Waller, Published by Major General J.Cameron R.E. C.B. F.R.S. Director General, March 1876, the whole surviving from high Victorian  England.

The map is scarce being in three-dimensional or high relief form, with maps and globes usually presented in other forms, and in other materials, very rarely are they found in picture form. It has been over varnished at some stage but there aren’t any major areas of damage to note, with a small area top left as photographed. The frames is probably original. We cannot find another comparable example.

The Ordnance Survey's Boundary Survey, carried out between 1841 and 1888, was a major undertaking which resulted in the local administrative boundaries of the whole of Great Britain being reliably mapped for the first time. Ernst Schotte & Co of Berlin were publishing plaster relief maps in 1876 over in Germany, the same year, of which we have sold previously.

A scarce find and a highly decorative artwork with a real antiquarian feel.