Together 3 double-page manuscript maps on vellum, with centre fold, each with elaborate cartouches, borders and embellishments in ink and colours, some heightening in gold
Following a lawsuit over Corpus Christi's land in Kent, Thomas Langdon was commissioned to produce a set of surveys and maps of the college’s land, and was assisted by Henry Wilcocke in 1615 and 1616. The maps are particularly fine in their execution with elaborate coloured cartouches surrounding titles and scalebars. The decoration is both naturalistic (fruit, flowers, insects etc.) and ornamental (ribbons, tassels, patterns), and displays a considerable amount of detail about field patterns, roads, college and other tenants, and buildings. The maps have clearly been used for practical purposes since they were first drawn, as many include later pencil annotations.
"They contain a wealth of finely-drawn detail, and their accuracy compares very well with those of the tithe commutation exercise and the 6” Ordnance Survey series drawn over 200 years later" (Waight).
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