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Map of Britain under the Heptarchy

John Speed (1551/2 - 1629)

Coloured engraving

  • About the work
    Country: Holy See
    City: Vatican City
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    John Speed was an historian and cartographer from Farndon in Cheshire. He published the theological works ‘A direction to finde all those names expressed in that large table of genealogies of scripture, lately gathered’ (1595) and ‘A Clowd of Witnesses: and they the Holy Genealogies of the Sacred Scriptures’ (1616). He also produced an atlas titled ‘The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine’ (1610), which was the first attempt at an English atlas on a grand scale and the first atlas to include a set of county maps, consistently showing territorial divisions. By 1625 he had lost his sight. He died at the age of 77.
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    Materials & Techniques
    engraving, coloured engraving
  • Details
    Map of Britain under the Heptarchy
    Coloured engraving
    Purchased 1972
    GAC number