Ordnance Survey (1810)

Ordnance Survey. Isle of Wight. Scale 1” to 1 mile

(London:William Mudge, printed at the Tower of London, 1810)

OSMap 1813

Government printing of maps came late to England, in contrast to the encouragement bestowed by Royalty in France on the finely executed topographical maps of Cassini de Thury. After the isolated phenomenon of mapping the Highlands of Scotland (1745-54) by William Roy (to whom Paul Sandby was a draftsman) the scientific trigonometrical mapping of the English counties by the newly constituted Board of Ordinance had to await the turn of the nineteenth century.

But then, under the direction of William Mudge, and later of Thomas Colby, a Welshman, the O.S. produced a series of one inch and larger scale maps which were the envy of Europe. The map of Kent was the first in the county series. Here we exhibit the Isle of Wight, printed soon after. Hachuring, shading and the inscription of place names and topographical detail are of the highest order of copper-plate work.