Concord Massachusetts
Alva Scott Garfield, c. 1950s-60s
Concord Pictorial Map
Map detail
Alva Scott Garfield (artist)
A Scott-Map of Concord Massachusetts
Scott-Maps, Madison, New Hampshire: c. 1950-60s
Color photo-process print
20.5 x 27 inches, image
22 x 28 inches, overall
$375

Colorful pictorial map of Concord, Massachusetts, a town that played major roles in the Revolutionary War and 19th-century American literature. Historic buildings and locations are shown with pictorial illustrations, including: Walden Pond, Emerson's House, School of Philosophy, Buttrick House, Old Manse and Fenn School. Other illustrations depict settlers making a treaty with Native Americans at the founding of Concord, and battle and troop movements in past wars. Lettered with information and quotations related to Concord's history. The decorative border features Concord grapes on the vine, and a cartouche with a Revolutionary War Minuteman. In the western portion of the map is a small scroll with a verse by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great American poet who lived in Concord: "In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes/ I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods./ Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why/ This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,/ Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,/ Then Beauty is its own excuse for being./ Emerson."

Alva Scott Garfield designed, drew and published colorful pictorial maps of New England during the 1950s and 1960s. Based in Madison, New Hampshire, and Concord, Massachusetts, Garfield produced maps that were connected to nearby areas rich in historical interest: Boston, the Harvard University campus, Concord, Salem and the White Mountains. The maps are historically oriented and annotated throughout with facts and quotations from important historical figures. Events related to colonial history and the American Revolution are frequently highlighted. Important buildings are drawn in bird's-eye style. Garfield's maps include whimsical touches such as mermaids in the waters and decorative borders related to the locale.