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  • "France III" by J & C Walker for the SDUK depicting the provinces in highly decorative original hand coloring. www.historyrevisited.com.au
  • The left hand 8 cm fold is barely discernible, corresponding with a small section of paper that has been removed  taking that section of platemark.also see light mirroring of black typeset mirroring on white paper.
  • The title section displaying the distance key.
  • This example of a simulated mat presentation shows the folded extension has no impact on the decorative impact of this beautiful map. MAT NOT INCLUDED. I only use, and recommend, conservation grade materials when presenting and displaying artwork to preserve condition and maintain value.

Antique Map Southern France coloured SDUK Walker circa 1831


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Antique Map, European, Southern France, SDUK, J & C Walker, 1831

"France III" (Southern half)

Antique steel engraving by John & Charles Walker after cartography by Philip Smith, University College, London. Original decorative hand coloring by province.

Published by Edward Stanford, 6 Charing Cross, London, "under the Superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge", March 1, 1831

Condition = Printed on "Wove Paper", flax & hemp paper which is excellent with no foxing or stains. There is an original fold 8cm (3.2 inch) from left, corresponding with a 8 x 1.5cm area of paper missing from the upper left hand corner. This has removed that section of platemark that is otherwise complete.  There is a light transference of the black printing from the area it was fold onto. The fold is barely discernable.

Paper Size = 48.2cm x 33.8cm (19 1/3 x 13 1/2 inch) / Platemark dimensions= 41.2 x 31.2  (16 1/2 x 12 1/2 inch)

Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge or SDUK

In the 1820s, with the full ripening of the Age of Enlightenment, that had begun in the mid-1600s, it was considered essential to provide affordable, accessible education for the working and burgeoning middle classes, who were often self-educated. Benevolent societies whose intentions were to disseminate knowledge, were a distinguishing feature of the Post Georgian/early Victorian age. The SDUK was founded in 1827 by John, Earl Russell and Henry Brougham, later Lord Chancellor of England. Earl Russell was an M.P. who was responsible for setting up an inspectorate for schools. and he secured an additional grant of 30,000 pds for education. There was no compromise with the quality of source material or production. Indeed, the maps are accurate in detail, finely engraved by respected engravers of the day and printed on a high quality "wove" paper.

John & Charles Walker, Cartographers and Draftsmen

John and Charles Walker were cartographers and draughtsmen, sons of the highly revered engraver John Walker. They were London Print-makers who worked at 47 Bernard St off Russel Square 1830-1836, at which time John Junior was appointed Hydrographer to the East India Company. Moving to No 3 Burleigh Street off the Strand and in 1840 to Castle Street, Holbourn until 1847. Their final address was No. 7 Castle Street in Holbourn until 1875. J & C Walker worked with the S.D.U.K. (Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge) for whom they produced maps. They also worked collectively for the Admiralty as map engravers. They are best known for their comprehensive British county survey consisting of 47 maps between c.1835-1842. Priding themselves on accuracy, this was a challenging task due to the emergence of railway companies and their contemporary impact on the landscape. These bickering and warring railway consortiums often altered railroad destinations while the ambitious maps were being engraved.

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Steel engraving:
John & Charles Walker

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