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John Rocque's An Actual Survey of the County of Dublin (1760) Map No.4 (Dublin Bay, North Bull, South Bull, Dun Lary, Dalkey to Bray)

John Rocque's An Actual Survey of the County of Dublin (1760) Map No.4 (Dublin Bay, North Bull, South Bull, Dun Lary, Dalkey to Bray)

Beautiful reproduction of Rocques detailed and rare An Actual Survey of County Dublin on the same scale as those of Middlesex, Oxford, Barks and Buckinghamshire first published in 1760.  Rocque (c.1704 -1762) was from a French Huguenot family that fled persecution to Geneva and later to England sometime after 1709. His 24 sheet map of London in published in 1746 established is fame and reputation as a the leading cartographer of the day.

He spent 6 years in Ireland where he produced several remarkable maps of Dublin, Armagh County, Kilkenny, Thurles and Cork, before returning to London in 1760. His Dublin survey built and improved on the previous Dublin maps of Speed (1611) , Brooking (1728) and Price (1730) . It was said that his Exact Survey of the city and Suburbs of Dublin deferred to the estate-map tradition by being minute enough for landowners to colour their own properties. Rocque's work, along with that of Bernard Scalé, almost single handedly elevated the concept of Estate Mapping from the agents office into the drawing rooms and libraries of the gentry where the maps took their place among the furniture and other works of art as an fine example of Georgian craftsmanship and taste.

There are four maps in the series with Maps 1,2 & 4 currently available from The Walton Collection. This Map No.4 covers the Southeast quadrant of the County to the boarder with Wicklow including the City of Dublin, Dublin Bay, North Bull, South Bull, "Dun Lary", and Dalkey to Bray, Dublin Mountains, and indeed the fabulous Powersourt House and Gardens which was deemed worthy of inclusion. A close-up detail (inset below) shows the entrance to  Dublin Port between the continually silting North and South Bull sandbanks (on which many ships floundered), and shows the original shorter South Wall and "The Piles" which had been built to counter silting in 1731. "The Piles" eventually failed and were replaced by the new stone Great South Wall in existence today which was built from the light tower (now Poolbeg lighthouse) to the shore. This work commenced in 1761 by shipping huge granite stones from quarries in Dalkey and was completed in 1795.   It was the world's longest sea wall at the time of its construction and remains one of the longest in Europe.

Each map is reproduced perfectly on the same scale as the original on 210 gsm Satin Art paper and set behind glass with two fine period styles of frame to choose from, either an 'Aged gold leaf' or 'Antique style gold leaf' frame and, in addition, there is an inner frame  option for each of these frames of either a pale 'Palm Green' board  or the darker 'Pine Green Suede' finish (with a subtle mottled effect). Please note the darker green suede finish is not quite as dark as it appears in the picture and the final print colour is closer to the detail  from the map inset below. We love all these versions so decided to give you the choice to decide which best suits your decor or preference. 


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