Robb Report
"The Global Luxury Source"
Sphere of Influence: How the West was drawn by America’s premier globe maker
By Jackie Caradonio, with photos by Ted Morrison
January 2010, pp. 28-29
Robb Report article

As part of the Robb Design Portfolio section of the magazine, the Robb Report ran a two-page spread featuring a James Wilson early 19th century globe from the George Glazer Gallery. The article reads as follows:

In 1827, while exhibiting his products in Washington, D.C., globe maker James Wilson declared himself the preeminent American practitioner of this craft. Wilson went on to claim that he had achieved "such a degree of perfection" in his work that importation of globes from London, the trade’s epicenter at that time, was no longer necessary. The craftsman's high opinion of his work -- and of himself -- has proven justified over time. "If a globe collection means anything," says George Glazer, a Manhattan-based dealer of antiquarian globes and maps, "it includes a Wilson."

Wilson favored American materials for his globes, the cores and gores of which were shaped, colored, and engraved by hand. His company built this 13-inch-diameter terrestrial version -- which is available from George Glazer Gallery -- in 1822. The globe charts the then-developing American West with now-antiquated names such as Arkansaw Tery and Missouri Tery, details left off of English models from the era.

Robb Report article Robb Report January issue cover The article (top row) and cover of the January 2010 issue (above).

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