Map of England, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait
This hand-colored atlas map depicting topographic detail of England, and two inset city maps of Liverpool and London, is a steel plate engraving created circa 1850 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell. A few short years after the publication of this map,thousands of men had left their homes, as they had been drafted for the Crimean War. These nations of Great Britain were part of an alliance with France, Sardinia and the Ottoman Empire in an effort to prevent Russia from conquering the Ottoman territory. The war a result of a dispute regarding opposing religions and control of the Black Sea, Russia had been interested in conquering a naval base located on the Crimean Peninsula. As Great Britain joined the war effort in the mid-1850s, it was not without protest. Throughout those years, the British public had expressed their dissatisfaction with the war through riots. Though, the troops were finally sent home with the war's end, the result a victory against Russia.
Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868) turned his attention to mapmaking in the 1830s, due to his dissatisfaction with available school maps. He developed a map publishing business that would make him and later his son the most prominent American map publishers of the nineteenth century. By collaborating with prominent mapmakers and engravers of the day, such as James H. Young and Henry S. Tanner, Mitchell ensured that the maps he published were of the highest quality. During the 1850s, he partnered with Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Company to publish his A New Universal Atlas and his General Atlas. In 1860, his son Samuel Augustus, Jr, joined the company and he ensured that the Mitchell name remained an important one well into the 1880s.
Thomas, Cowperthwait, and Company was founded sometime in the early 1800s by Joseph Thomas and Hulings Cowperthwait. It operated under this name until 1853. The following year the company name changed to Cowperthwait, Desilver, and Butler. However, this configuration only lasted for about a year, before it became H. Cowperthwait & Company in 1856. After 1860, it appears the company experienced several more alterations, before ceasing publication at the end of the century.
This original antique map is single paged, as issued, with a plate size of 16.14" x 13". Published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.
Plate size: 16.14" x 13"
Condition: Excellent condition