[Manuscript] Asia

Unique manuscript map of the Asia drawn by a well-to-do English teenager.

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This spectacular hand drawn map of Asia was drawn by Henrietta Matilda Crompton at her home, Esholt Hall, in 1808. It shows the continent from the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean, including newly discovered places throughout Micronesia and even labels individual islands in the Aleutians (the Northern Archipelago) . Delicate hatchwork is seen along the coasts, and interior details and place names were likely copied from a map issued by a contemporary English cartographer. Locations like New Holland, the Sea of Corea, and the Frozen Sea (though this has been erased) reflect the era of the day. The paper on which the map was drawn has a dated watermark – “E&P 1801” – referring to the paper making firm of Edmeades and Pine.

According to the Yale Center for British Art, who has a number of Henrietta’s sketchbooks in their collection, “The Cromptons were a wealthy banking family at Esholt Hall, Yorkshire, and upon the death of their father, Henrietta Matilda Crompton (1793-1881) and her eight sibling each inherited the considerable sum of £11,000. Henrietta never married and spent a comfortable life making excursions to the Yorkshire coastal resorts, visiting friends in the country, and occasionally taking longer trips to various “picturesque” parts of Britain and Europe. Typically, for a young woman of her class, Henrietta was educated at home by governesses and private tutors, receiving instruction in reading and writing French, music, dancing, and drawing.”

This map would have comprised a portion of Henrietta’s home schooling curriculum and reflects the latest geographic knowledge from the early 19th century. I have two others maps created by members of the Crompton family at Esholt Hall. Please contact me if you would like to purchase the maps as a set at a discounted price.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1808

Author: Henrietta Matilda Crompton

Sheet Width (in): 19.00

Sheet Height (in): 15.90

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Moderate discoloration and soiling evident throughout the sheet. Several 2" tears confined to the margins and a few ink smudges. Pencil marks notate the author and location of creation.

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