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Colonel James Alexander Grante (active 1745-6)

Map of Great Britain, 1745-6 c.1749

Engraving and etching; printed on paper | Scale: 1:2,429,200 approx. (scale) | RCIN 729135

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  • A map of the routes, battles and sieges of the campaign of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in Great Britain, 1745-6. Jacobite Rebellion (1745-6). Oriented with north to top.

    The suggestion that the map was published and sold by Bickham, whose address was May’s Buildings, Covent Garden, is made in Worms and Bayton-Williams 2011, p.78.

    This map, a reduced version of RCIN 729134, was issued folded inside the ‘Book’ which is referred to in the title and which is lacking in this item. The ‘Book’ is a small explanatory text entitled: ‘A / Description / of a / chart / wherein are marked out / All the different Routes / of / Prince Edward / in / Great Britain / and the Marches of his Army and the / E - gl - sh.’ According to Blaikie p.106, it was published in 1749. A description of the map and booklet is given in Shirley 1988, pp.63-4. Shirley records no variant states for this map. Another copy is in TNA MPF 1/2 extracted from SP 36/79.

    Additional text: [top left, below title, in title cartouche:] This Chart (with the Book) will be very useful in History, the Dates of the principle [sic] Events, being mark'd with the greatest care and exactness. [Bottom left, in rococo cartouche, below scale bar:] More care has been taken in this Chart to mark out the motions of the Armies / than to make an exact Geographical Description of the Counties: An / old Map of Morden was our Model, as being proper for the Design. [Bottom right, in a rococo cartouche, surmounted by the figure of the Greek goddess of justice, Astraea, and the words ‘Astræa redit’:] INSCRIB'D / to all / The HONEST.

    Condition: one fold line; a tear to right of fold line; foxing. Verso: right, water-stained patch and fragments from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label.

    From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Medium and techniques

    Engraving and etching; printed on paper


    Scale: 1:2,429,200 approx. (scale)

    63.3 x 40.1 cm (image)

    64.1 x 41.0 cm (platemark)

    60.4 x 38.3 cm (neatline)

    69.5 x 48.6 cm (sheet) (whole object)


    watermark: Fleur-de-lys in shield, crown above, a ‘4’ below

    annotation: Old heading: Britain 14 July 1745 - 10 Oct.r 1746. Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [left, black pencil:] 25; [right, above old heading, black pencil:] Memoir wanting; [bottom right, black pencil:] 56.

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Worms, L. and Baynton-Williams, A., British Map Engravers, London, 2011 p.78

    Alternative title(s)

    A CHART, / Wherein are mark'd all the different Routs / of P. Edward in Great Britain, and the / Marches of his Army and the English; / The Sieges are distinguish'd and the / Battles that were Fought in this Enterprise.

    Britain. A Chart wherein are marked all the different Routes of Prince Edward in Great Britain, and the Marches of his Army and the English, with the Sieges and Battles from the of July 1745 to the of Oct.r 1746: by Colonel I.A. Grante.