Town of Greenwich, Connecticut
Hand-colored Pictorial Map

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Town of Greenwich, Connecticut
Town of Greenwich, Connecticut
Town of Greenwich, Connecticut Town of Greenwich, Connecticut
Town of Greenwich, Connecticut Town of Greenwich, Connecticut
[Maxfield S.] Gibbons (1924-2011) (after)
Town of Greenwich, Connecticut
James V. O'Leary, Jr.: 1981
Hand-colored print
15.75 x 20.75 inches, printed border
17.25 x 22 inches, overall
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Pictorial map of Greenwich, Connecticut, depicting notable buildings and points of interest. The areas included are Byram, Greenwich, Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich, Greenwich Point, Island Beach, and Great Captains Island. The focus is on detailed depictions of important buildings, including churches, schools, parks, and clubs. Among those shown are Christ Church, Greenwich Hospital, Bruce Memorial Golf Course, Indian Harbor Yacht Club, First Congregational Church, and the YMCA. A compass rose features the seal of the town of Greenwich. Cartography is simple, showing the coastline, Putnam Avenue and Greenwich Avenue. The roads are not labeled as such but Putnam Avenue is the east-west road about a quarter of the way from the top and Greenwich Avenue is the north-south road around which several buildings are clustered. There are a few sailboats and a ferry in the waters of Long Island Sound, and the map is enclosed by a simple double-ruled border. The print has been meticulously hand-colored with watercolors.

The publisher, James V. O’Leary, Jr. (1935-2012), graduated from the University of Wisconsin and lived in Greenwich, Connecticut. The map is signed in the print "Gibbons" lower right -- probably a collaboration between O'Leary and Maxfield S. Gibbons (1924-2011), who was deeply involved in historic preservation efforts in the Greenwich area and who had been a partner in a creative agency from 1963 to 1969 that produced "extremely high quality reproductions of historic documents…for numerous corporations."

Reference:

"Maxfield S. Gibbons, 86." Westport Now. 2 January 2011. http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v2/comments/maxfield_s_gibbons_86/ (1 November 2012).