[A map of Fort Carillon and environs]

[A map of Fort Carillon and environs]
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[A map of Fort Carillon and environs]
Brasier, William
Former owner:
George, III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
George, IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830
Name on Item:
{A Copy ye Original signed John Burghard} W.B.
British Library
Collection (local):
British Library Collection
Military art and science--New York (State)--George, Lake (Lake)--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
George, Lake (N.Y. : Lake)--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
Fort Ticonderoga (N.Y.)--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
United States--History--French and Indian War, 1754-1763--Maps, Manuscript--Early works to 1800
George, Lake
Essex (county)Fort Ticonderoga (transport point)
1 map : manuscript pen and ink with watercolour ; 21 x 35 cm
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Catalog Record:
Previous British Library cataloguing has dated the map between 1756 and 1760. However, as the fort is named Carillon (not Ticonderoga) and is under French control it is seemingly before the Battle of Carillon in 1758. Fort William Henry is also named, which was destroyed in 1757.
Compare with Maps K.Top.121.25. - both are signed "WB", for William Brasier who was responsible for a survey of Lake Champlain and Lake George (see Maps K.Top.121.18. for a printed example).
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers lists a "WB" responsible for a map of the Hudson River in 1757. Other possibilities for "WB" according to Tooley's Dicitionary of Mapmakers are Lieutenant Bream (who assisted William Brasier with a plan of the Fort at Ticonderoga in 1759) or William Gerard de Brahm. However, William Brasier remains the most likely "WB".
A passage of text is enclosed in a simple surround at upper left "On the west side of the advanced Post towards Fort W.m Henry, an Indian path runs along the Lake which is about 1 1/2 League, very Level, and easily a road to be made there for carrying Cannon &c. the path runs irregular, in some places about ten, and in some others 20 to 50 paces distant from the Lake side untill he comes to a Valley. {A Copy ye Original signed John Burghard} W.B."
A lettered key (a to c) at lower right identifies locations of note including the magazine, the advanced pos and the bastion containing the powder magazine. A note also makes reference to the sloping land around the fort.
Compare with another map in the King's Topographical Collection signed "WB" (Maps K.Top.121.25.).
Titled "A drawn Plan of the Northern part of Lake George, by W. B." in the Catalogue of Maps, Prints, Drawings, etc., forming the geographical and topographical collection attached to the Library of his late Majesty King George the third, etc., London, 1829.
Titled "A colored survey of the ground about Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) copied by W.B. from the original; drawn about 1756, by John Burghard: 1 f. 1 1/2 in. x 8 in." in the Catalogue of the manuscript maps, charts, and plans, and of the topographical drawings in the British Museum.