For sale below is a selection of beautiful antique landscape prints, illustrations and antique maps of Wales. If you are looking for a particular location or cartographer, try the search box on the right hand side or feel free to contact me as I have many more in stock.
To read about prints, views and antique maps of Wales, click here.
Antique maps of Wales
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Landscape prints and illustrations of Wales
About prints, views and antique maps of Wales
The earliest recorded map specifically of Wales was a manuscript map by Gerald of Wales (Gerallt Gymro) produced in ca. 1205, titled “Totius Kambriae Mappa”. Several 17th century sources state that it was at Westminster Abbey but by 1780 its whereabouts was unknown and it is thought to have been destroyed in a fire at Wesminster Abbey’s Library in 1695. The earliest printed map is Humphrey Lhuyd’s Cambriae Typus, compiled in 1568 and published in the Additamentum to Abraham Ortelius’ Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in 1573. Although the manuscript is now lost, original prints from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum still survive and are kept at the National Library of Wales.
Cartography of Wales flourished in the 18th and 19th Century. In the early 18th century many atlases only carried maps of North and South Wales, while each English county was mapped. Later in the 18th century a greater interest was shown in detailed county mapping. Paul Sandby (1731 – 1809), English Map-maker turned landscape painter and founding member of the Royal Academy, was highly regarded by his contemporary Gainsborough: If one wanted “real Views from Nature in this Country”, declared Gainsborough in 1764, there was no better artist than Sandby, as can be seen by my series of three engravings of Sandby’s paintings of Carew Castle, the Palace at St. Davids and Swansea Castle for sale above.