Map of the Channel Islands, 1851, Tallis
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Map of the Channel Islands, 1851, Tallis

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Channel Islands, 1851, Tallis

From the 13th century to the present, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey have been two of three Crown dependencies of the English monarchy, the other being the Isle of Man. In 1851 at the time of this map's creation, the Channel Islands were undergoing a period of great change. Jersey was a tiny island influenced by the medieval culture of Normandy and their ancient Norse heritage. Situated between France and England, it also absorbed influences from both regions. The Jerriais-speaking people of Jersey did not adopt the pound sterling until the mid-19th century, and French immigrants from the revolutions in their home country settled on the island. Also during this time, industrialization and the use of steamboats allowed Jersey to invite tourism and greater trade of agricultural goods with other nations. In 19th-century Guernsey, the island was flourishing from international trade, as well, exporting stone. Guernsey, with its picturesque cottages, rocky beaches and green pastures, also became a refuge and inspiration for French artists, such as Victor Hugo and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Drawn and engraved by John Rapkin for The British Colonies: Their History, Extent, Condition and Resources. Published in 1851 by John Tallis & Co., also known as the London Printing and Publishing Company.

- Onastasia Youssef

Sheet size: 11" x 15.5"

Condition: Some minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition 


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