Map/Chart > New England & Maine
A plan of Rhode Island with the adjacent islands and coast of Narragansett Bay
An historic 1775 survey of this important area with subtle colors outlining the coastline, roads and settlements with individual buildings marked.
|Hydrographer/Surveyor/Artist:||Thomas Wheeler and Charles Blaskowitz|
|Size Of Original:||w 15.5" x h 20.5"|
|Paper Type||Hahnemuhle German Etching 310gsm|
No signature or date is shown, but the chart is very much in the 'style' (including the scrip, coloring and general composition) of Thomas Wheeler. In 1774 Charles Blaskowitz and Wheeler were commissioned to revisit the Narragansett area in order to help complete Samuel Holland's great survey of the Eastern sea board of the United States. Blaskowitz had been responsible for the initial survey of the area completed as early as 1764, for the Board of Admiralty.
The survey work completed by Blaskowitz and later Wheeler between 1765 and 1774 is directly related to the 1776 Des Barres chart of the same area entitled 'A chart of the harbour of Rhode Island and Narragansett Bay' and the later more stylised version held in this collection (see Heritage Chart A106). It was also the basis for the the now famous 1777 Faden map 'A Topographical Chart of the Bay of Narraganset', which may be found in the collection of the Library of Congress. The survey work from this time is also included in the 1779 chart of New England from