Map/Chart > New England & Maine
Views of Boston harbour
Four plates on a single sheet forming different sailing views of the entrance into the harbour of Boston.
|Hydrographer/Surveyor/Artist:||J.F.W. Des Barres|
|Size Of Original:||w 31.5" x h 23"|
|Paper Type||German Hahnemuhle Etching Paper 310gms|
As far back as 1759, the British Admiralty issued instructions to Sea Captains that all ships were required to make accurate observations as to the state of home and foreign coasts. Where artists (or those able to draw) were on-board ship they should provide illustrations. The need to produce 'views' formed an increasingly important part of late 18th century navigation, and enabled navigators to be able to recognize land features as aids and set compass fixings to negotiate entrance into harbours.