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Adams, Clement (c. 1519–1587), schoolmaster and map engraver, was born at Buckington, Warwickshire. He was educated at Eton between 1530 and 1536, and subsequently at the King's Hall, Cambridge. From 17 August 1536 he was tutored in classics, mathematics, and geometry at Cambridge...

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Ian Adams

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Ainslie, John (1745–1828), cartographer and land surveyor, was born on 22 April 1745 in Jedburgh, the younger son and younger child of John Ainslie, druggist in Jedburgh, writer to the signet, and burgess of the burgh. He may have been educated at Jedburgh grammar school...

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Beck, Henry Charles [Harry] (1902–1974), graphic artist and map designer, was born on 4 June 1902 at 14 Wesley Road, Leyton, Essex, the second child and only son of Joshua Try Beck, variously described as a commercial traveller, and an artist and monumental mason, and ...

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Bowen, Emanuel (1693/4–1767), engraver and map maker, was the son of Owen Bowen (d. 1730), gentleman, of Talley, Carmarthenshire, South Wales, and his wife, Anne (d. 1721). On 7 September 1709 he was apprenticed to Charles Price, globe and instrument maker and a member of the ...

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Cursiter, Stanley (1887–1976), painter, museum director, and cartographer, was born on 29 April 1887 at Kirkwall, Orkney, the fourth of four children of John Scott Cursiter (1850–1896), baker and spirit merchant, and his wife, Mary Johan, daughter of John Thomson of Newark in ...

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Eyre [married name Blythe], Mary (b. before 1603, d. in or after 1633), commissioner of a tapestry map, was the eldest daughter of Anthony Eyre (c.1576–1643×58) of Laughton-en-le-Morthen, West Riding of Yorkshire, and of Keveton, Derbyshire, and his first wife, ...

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Faden, William (1749–1836), engraver and cartographer, was born in London on 11 July 1749, the younger son and sixth of eight known children of William Faden (1711–1783), formerly Mackfaden, and his wife, Hannah. His father, a well-known printer, then of Salisbury Court, Fleet Street...

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Leslie MacDonald Gill (1884–1947) by Howard Coster, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gill, Leslie MacDonald [Max] (1884–1947), artist and decorative cartographer, was born on 6 October 1884 at 2 Prestonville Road, Brighton, the fourth of thirteen children (two of whom died in childhood) of Arthur Tidman Gill (1848–1933) and his wife, (Cicely) Rose, née King (1855–1929)...

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Greenwood, Christopher (1786–1855), land surveyor and map maker, was born on 21 May 1786 at Coverdale in Gisburn parish, Yorkshire, the third of the ten children of John Greenwood, grazier, and his wife, Ellen (née Bullock). The family had been long established in the district. After learning his trade, and presumably practising locally for some years, he set up in ...

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Hall, Sidney (1788/9?–1831), map maker and engraver, was probably born in 1788 or 1789. Nothing is known of the circumstance of his birth, parentage, education, or early life, although the terms of his will suggest that he had a brother and a sister....

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Hondius, Jodocus [Joost de Hondt] (1563–1612), engraver and cartographer, was born on 12 October 1563 at Wackene, near Ghent, in Flanders, one of several children born to Olivier de Hondt (d. 1580), engraver, and his wife, Petronella van Havertuyn. Two years later his parents moved to ...

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Hotine, Martin (1898–1968), geodesist and photogrammetrist, was born at 9 Wymond Street, Putney, on 17 June 1898, the tenth child and fourth son of Frederick Martin Hotine, a retired army officer and journalist, and his wife, Mary Louisa Golder. After an education at ...

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Humble, George (d. 1640), map- and printseller, dominated the map trade in the first forty years of the seventeenth century and died a very rich man. According to R. A. Skelton he was the son of the London stationer and bookseller Thomas Humble...

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Thomas Jefferys (c. 1719–1771) by Paul Sandby, c. 1765 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Jefferys, Thomas (c. 1719–1771), engraver, cartographer, and publisher, was the son of Henry Jefferys, a cutler. At the time of his apprenticeship to Emanuel Bowen in 1735 his family was living in Clerkenwell, London. No further detail of the family has been traced, although his contemporaries, the brass-founder ...

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Kitchin, Thomas (1719–1784), cartographer and engraver, was born in the parish of St Olave, Southwark, most probably on 4 August 1719, apparently the eldest of several children of Thomas Kitchin, hat dyer, and his wife, Mary Birr, whom he married in 1716.

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Rocque, John (1704?–1762), land surveyor and cartographer, was born in France, one of four children of a Huguenot family which settled in Geneva after fleeing France. He probably arrived in England in 1709, though his life before his publishing career began in 1734 is obscure. He always remained in close touch with the French protestant community in ...