Tallis’s Illustrated Plan of London

Elaborately decorated map of London published in conjunction with The Great Exhibition in 1851.

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Considered by most to be the first in a line of extravagant World’s Fairs held during the 19th and 20th centuries, The Great Exhibition was held at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park and showcased the industrial and cultural wealth of 25 separate nations. Famous contemporary persons like Samuel Colt, Charles Dickens, and Charles Darwin attended the fair to gaze at the 11,000+ exhibitors, which included diamonds from India, ceramics from Asia, and early innovations in photography, weapons manufacturing, and domestic equipment.

The map was issued in conjunction with The Great Exhibition in 1851. It was designed by one of the last great decorative mapmakers – John Tallis – who was well known for his skillful use of steel plate engravings to enhance his map’s image. This edition is no exception, with 49 separate views of prominent London landmarks bordering the map in simulated wooden frames, including Wyld’s Great Globe, Trafalgar Square and the East India House. The Crystal Palace can be found at the bottom of the page; the enormous wrought iron and glass building was moved after the fair to South London, where it became the namesake for a new residential area and football club. Within the map’s image can be found detailed information down to individual streets and buildings. Color has been applied to delineate the different boroughs (7, compared to today’s 32), parks, water and major thoroughfares.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1851

Author: John Tallis

Sheet Width (in): 29.50

Sheet Height (in): 21.75

Condition: B+

Condition Description: The map is in very good condition, with original red gilt covers, dissected and mounted on linen (as issued). Minor wear to the edges and binding of the covers, and some wear along the edges of the individual map panels. Strong impression on clean paper with original hand color.

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