Allegorical print of the study of geography, personified by women wearing drapery and symbolic headpieces, seated, one measuring a globe with compass, and by their side and on the ground with armillary sphere, compass, octant, and collection of maps and atlases. To the left are a lion and alligator. The scene is in a tropical grove of palm trees, with fruit on the ground.
Richard Corbould was a versatile artist producing landscapes, genre and historical subjects, which he exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, from 1777 to 1811, as well as book illustrations. He was the progenitor of a family that produced four generations of painters and illustrators from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Corbould had a long association with the book publisher C. Cooke, illustrating Daniel Defoe’s The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1790) among many others. His works are in the collection of the Tate Gallery and the Guildhall Library and Art Gallery, both in London.
James Chapman was an engraver in London who produced plates between 1792 and 1823, mostly in a dotted manner, including some printed in color.
John Wilkes (1750-1810) was a London and Winchester printer, bookseller and stationer, active from 1772 until his death. He was a Freeman of Winchester and proprietor of the Hampshire Chronicle. With Peter Barfoot he ran the British Directory Office, which published the Universal British Directory from 1790 to 1798 after obtaining a royal patent. A charge of piracy was brought against him by a Mr. Roworth in 1808 for incorporating his material into Encyclopaedia Londiniensis and Wilkes was fined £100. He owned Milland House in Sussex.
Condition: Very good with the usual light toning and wear.
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