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The Isle Of Wight

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The Isle Of Wight : A. W. Fowles

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An attractive and most interesting birds-eye view/map of the island showing physical relief by shading, railways, roads, jetties, and so on with major buildings, towns and villages shown in profile. Printed in two colours the map was designed by the renowned local marine artist Arthur William Fowles, who had died in tragic circumstances in 1883 - apparently he, and his six-year-old son, went on a sketching expedition and came across a shotgun , left loaded on a duck-shooting platform. Whilst the artist was distracted the little boy picked up the gun which went off, hitting his father fatally at short-range in the head. Issued as a separate decorative publication, presumably for the island's tourist business, this example has been backed, probably by the publisher J. Briddon and has old pinmarks at each corner. Nevertheless, a good example of a fascinating item of late Victorian cartographic ephemera.
region: Hampshire
mapmaker: A. W. Fowles
place and date of publication: Ventnor c. 1896
medium and colour: lithograph, original colour
size in mm: 405 by 625mm (16 by 24.5 inches).
ref: 43421

Price: £ 260£ 156

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