The Map of Old Cape Cod
Pictorial Map by Coulton Waugh: 1930

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Coulton Waugh (1896-1973) (artist and printmaker)
The Map of Old Cape Cod – The land of Bold Explorers, Heroic Pilgrims, Hardy Seamen, Great Fisheries, and Famous Ships.
American: 1930
Hand-colored print
Signed in mat lower right: 1930 by Coulton Waugh
9 x 13 inches, image
10.25 x 14.5 inches, sheet
14 x 18 inches, original mat
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Pictorial map of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with illustrations of homes, churches, important buildings, a Native American hunting a rabbit, a sea serpent, ships, local fauna, etc. It also shows an historical account of the Mayflower’s arrival and the travels of its shallop and a decorative cartouche featuring the Mayflower and two armed explorers. An elaborate maritime-themed border on the left and right sides illustrates six tall masted historic ships among sea shell motifs, for example, in the left border the “Gosnold – 1602 first to call this land Cape Cod.” The decorative border along the top and bottom forms a repeating pattern of ships, lighthouses and historic houses.

Coulton Waugh was a painter, comic strip artist and author. He is credited by some with reviving the art of decorative mapmaking when he exhibited a large silk pictorial map of Cape Cod in 1918 at the International Silk Show (Guadazno, 2000). He created a number of pictorial maps, including ones of Provincetown (1924), Newburgh (1958) and others related to Cape Cod, as well as a map of California (1948), a collaboration with his wife Odin. The son of maritime painter Frederick Waugh, he grew up in Provincetown, Massachusetts and later made his home in Newburgh, New York. He took over the strip Dickie Dare from its creator Milton Caniff in 1933, and drew it until 1957. Waugh also painted, taught art and wrote a seminal history of cartooning called The Comics (1947), one of the first serious examinations of the medium, as well as instructional books on cartooning and palette-knife painting.


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