The Picture Map of France
Harold Haven Brown Pictorial Map

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The Picture Map of France
Detail of Normandy
Inset map of Paris
Harold Haven Brown (1869-1932) (after)
The Picture Map of France
R.R. Bowker, New York: 1929
Color process print
24 x 34 inches, overall
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Very large and colorful pictorial map of France, set within an interesting Gothic border in which notable French cathedrals, castles and monuments are depicted. The map cartography is fairly simple, showing borders of the countries in a thick outline and the French departments in a thinner outline, with major rivers, towns and cities, and points of historical interest included. Small illustrations of major landmarks are incorporated into the map and important ships from maritime history are depicted on the ocean, as is Lindbergh’s airplane (which flew from New York to Paris in 1929, the year the map was made). In the lower left corner is an inset map of Paris.

Harold Haven Brown was an American painter, illustrator, block printer, map maker and professor. He was born in Massachusetts and studied at the Massachusetts Normal Art School and in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts with Jean Leon Gerome and at the Académie Julian with Jean-Paul Laurens. He also was educated in museum work at the Louvre, the Luxembourg and the Cluny museums. Brown won a medal at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901. In 1913 he was hired as director of the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, where he remained until 1921. There he oversaw both the museum and the school except the last two years, in which he only directed the museum. Under his tenure the museum significantly expanded its community education programs and the school modernized its curriculum. Eventually he returned to Massachusetts, serving as director of the Provincetown Art Association in 1925. His best-known works today are his landscape and marine watercolors, block prints, and pictorial maps.

R.R. Bowker Co. was founded in 1872 and today is the official U.S. ISBN Agency, as well as a major publisher of reference books and directories. They published various large pictorial maps in the mid 20th century including The Picture Map of France (1929) and The Booklover’s Map of the United States (1949).

Full publication information: “Published by R.R. Bowker Company 62 West 45th St., New York, Copyright, 1929. Designed and Drawn by Harold Haven Brown.”


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