The Maturing of British Commercial Cartography: William Faden (1749–1836) and the Map Trade

  title={The Maturing of British Commercial Cartography: William Faden (1749–1836) and the Map Trade},
  author={L. Worms},
  journal={The Cartographic Journal},
  pages={11 - 5}
  • L. Worms
  • Published 2004
  • Geography
  • The Cartographic Journal
After Helen Wallis died, I was fortunate enough to acquire, from her brother, a (relatively small) number of maps that had once belonged to her. Among them were a number of maps by Herman Moll, the German-born map-maker who worked in London from the late 1670s until his death in 1732. On one of these (I have it still), a rather handsome two-sheet map, A New and Accurate Map of Spain and Portugal, dated 1711, Moll filled an otherwise blank corner with a quite extraordinary attack on his… Expand


But what is striking about Faden is that he did not compromise. If there were not a satisfactory map of a given Figure 1. Portrait of William Faden, early 1790s
    Henry Pelham's 12-sheet map of County Clare (1787), once more the first large-scale map of the county; his own four-sheet map of Twenty-Five Miles round London
      John Ainslie's foursheet maps of Wigtownshire (1782) and Renfrewshire (1800), and two-sheet map of Selkirk
        John Chapman's four-sheet map of Nottinghamshire (1776) -the plates bought by Faden in 1784 for 45 guineas
          John Pryor's four-sheet map of Leicestershire
            Masters' nine-sheet map of Somersetshire (1782)
              The list goes on -with comparable maps of other English and Irish counties -John Ainslie's Scottish surveys
                Thomas Eyre's four-sheet map of Northamptonshire (1779), again the first large-scale map of the county; the first large-scale map of Jersey (1783)
                  Valentine Gill's four-sheet map of County Wexford
                    William Crawford's four-sheet Dumfriesshire