Sezione Storica – Fondo Cartografico Losardo – Sala IX (Tav. XXXVI)

  • Naples & Sicily (1753) (showcase, hall IX) (pl. XXXVI)

A hand-coloured map that presents a nice and detailed representation of Sicily and Naples, featuring a decorative cartouche with a copper engraving, an aqueduct and a wind rose (1744-1747?) made by Emanuel Bowen (UK, 1714 -1767), perhaps taken from A Complete Atlas, or distinct view of the known world, published in London in 1752. An English cartographer, publisher and engraver (official engraver to King George II of England and Louis XV of France), since 1714 he began to work in London, where he published some of the most beautiful maps of the time (Britannia Depicta and The large English Atlas with Thomas Kitchin, completed in 1767). Bowen also collaborated with John Lodge Cowley, for whom he engraved several maps, and also published a book of street maps, closely resembling those contained in his atlas. Like many other cartographers of his time, he died in poverty.

The 410×270 mm engraving, with marginal graduation, grid and 60-miles scale, is a sufficiently accurate map, taken from the most famous foreign productions. The Kingdom of Naples, in particular the area of Kroton and Sicily, show an imprecise shape and contour; the ruins depicted in the lower part are rather attributable to the Roman age and the area around the urbs of Rome, rather than the actual Great Greece.

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