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Surrey is one of their earlier productions. The attention to detail is great with a large ‘Explanation’ lower left. A dedication is inserted lower right and it is finished off with an exquisite view of Kew Palace in the upper left. The map was issued in two formats, uncoloured and coloured as here. The two unsuccessful early railway lines are indicated: the Surrey Iron Railway and the Croydon, Merstham & Godstone Iron Railway. Provenance: Kensington Public Library ink stamps on canvas verso; Kentish Large Scale County Maps of England and Wales 1705-1832, no. 57; Private English collection.

Christopher Greenwood (1786-1855) was a surveyor from Wakefield, Yorkshire and moved to London in 1818. His brother John was also a surveyor and in 1821 they joined forces and with the distribution capabilities of George Pringle and Son, made an immediate impact with their series of large scale surveys of many English counties. The early 1800s was a time of rapid change in the landscape with the burgeoning industrial revolution. Their surveys utilised the latest system of triangulation adopted by Colonel Mudge and his surveyors for the Ordnance Survey. Indeed they were in open competition with them. The Greenwood maps were coloured as opposed to the more functional black and white Ordnance Survey’s of the period. Rodger (1972) 445.

GREENWOOD, Christopher & John

Map of the County of Surrey from An Actual Survey Made in the Years 1822 and 1823 by C & J Greenwood

George Pringle Jnr. (the only edition), London, 1st Sept. 1823
Overall size 1220 x 980 mm., engraved on four sheets each 610 x 490 mm., on a scale of 1 inch to 1 mile. Dissected and laid on canvas, folding to octavo size, with marbled endpapers, edged in contemporary green silk, some loose as usual. Full calf box slip case in the form of a book, gilt tooling, corners rubbed and worn, full original colour. Remnants of old ink stamp.
Stock number: 4138


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