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Map, Massachusetts, Cape Cod, Pictorial, Colton Waugh, Vintage Print, 1930


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
18 x 26 inches, image
22 x 29.5 inches, overall

Large 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 historic tall ships among sea shell motifs. For example, in the left border is an illustration of 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.

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Waugh’s map of Old Cape Cod was rendered and issued by him in various versions and sizes.  They were colored at the time, presumably by Waugh or by assistants in his studio.

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), in 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.

Condition: Map generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, with only light remaining toning and wear.


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Guadazno, Laurel. “Coulton Waugh.” Provincetown Banner. 31 August 2000. (30 January 2003).

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20th Century