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This large scale map by Christopher Greenwood (1786-1855) is one of the first issued with his brother. The survey of Warwickshire is one of three published in 1822, it is issued in partnership with George Pringle, Junior. Christopher Greenwood was a surveyor and mapmaker from Yorkshire who settled in Wakefield by about 1815 before moving to London in 1818. His first large-scale survey was of Yorkshire published in 1817. His brother John was also a surveyor and in 1821 they joined forces. Along with the distribution capabilities of George Pringle and Son, they made an immediate impact with their series of large scale surveys of many English counties.

The map is drawn by R. Creighton and almost certainly engraved by Samuel John Neele (1758-1824) and his son James Neele (1791-1868). It is on a large scale of one inch to the mile and differentiates between woods and plantations, heaths and commons, different types of waterway and roads. Watermills, windmills and toll booths are identified indicating their significance to the local economy. A large vignette of Warwick Castle occupies the lower left corner. 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 Surveys of the period. Harvey & Thorpe (1959) 77; Rodger (1972) 481; Slater, Terry R. (2008) ‘Warwickshire 1720-1820 Beighton and Greenwood compared’, in IMCoS Journal no. 113 pp. 13-17; Tooley’s Dictionary; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).

GREENWOOD, Christopher & John

Map of the County of Warwick, from an Actual Survey, made in the Years 1820 & 1821, By C. & J. Greenwood

By the Proprietors, Greenwood, Pringle & Co. Regent Street, Pall Mall, London, 1 March 1822
1325 x 1040 mm., four sheets dissected and laid on contemporary linen, in full early wash colour, edged in green silk, with marbled endpapers. With full contemporary diced russia slipcase, lightly worn, gilt panelled, gilt ruled spine with gilt title, one or two light marks, otherwise in good condition.
Stock number: 9850
£ 950
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