Imperial Federation, map of the world showing the extent of the British Empire in 1886


Imperial Federation, map of the world showing the extent of the British Empire in 1886

Item Information

Title:
Imperial Federation, map of the world showing the extent of the British Empire in 1886
Title (uniform):
Graphic : an illustrated weekly newspaper
Description:
Everything about the design of this elaborately decorated world map glorifies the late-19th-century British Empire. Cartographically it used a Mercator projection centered on the Greenwich Prime Meridian, placing Great Britain just above the map's central focal point. The Greenwich Prime Meridian (near London) was adopted as the international standard in October 1884. The British Isles, as well as all of the British colonies spreading out to the east and the west, were highlighted with red, while other geographical areas were left blank with only a minimum number of place names. In addition, an inset box was placed near each of the major colonies, listing statistics about geographical area, population, and trade. The words "Freedom, Fraternity, Federation," suggesting a peaceful co-existence within the British Empire, were prominently placed along the map's top margin, but the remainder of the map's illustrations imply "colonialism." At the bottom center Britannia is seated on top of the world ruling over her subjects, represented by a variety of animals and costumed figures. India, quickly identified by an elephant and a tiger, appears in the lower left corner, while Australia, including a kangaroo and a sheep, is shown in the lower right. Using the Mercator projection in constructing this thematic map may have not been the most appropriate choice because it greatly exaggerates the size of Canada. However, since this projection is best used for navigational purposes, it was a reasonable choice. Considering the British Empire thrived on ocean-going transportation, the use of this projection would have provided a familiar image for the British public.
Creator:
Colomb, J. C. R. (John Charles Ready), 1838-1909
Name on Item:
J. Colomb.
Date:
1886
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
World maps
Imperial federation--Maps
Great Britain--Colonies--Maps
Places:
World
Publisher:
London : MacClure & Co.
Notes:
Includes inset of a map of the world, showing the extent of British territories in 1786.
Published as a supplement to The Graphic, July 24, 1886.
Exhibited in “Journeys of the Imagination,” at the Boston Public Library, Boston, MA, April - August 2006. MB (BRL)
Extent:
1 map : col. ; 63 x 86 cm.
Scale:
Scale not given ;
Language:
English
Identifier:
05_01_000228
Call #:
G5730 1886 .C6
Barcode:
39999052509815
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