1 April 2014
FADEN, William (1749-1836) and Charles BLASKOWITZ, (c.1743-1823). A Plan of the Town of Newport in Rhode Island. London: William Faden, dated September 1777.
Engraved plan of Newport, Rhode Island, image 349 x 375 mm (370 x 573 mm sheet).
Conceived and crafted with the intent of assisting the British during the Revolutionary War, this map of Newport is a rare survival of one the era's most accomplished cartographers, Charles Blaskowitz. Blaskowitz started his employment at the Tower of London Drawing Room at age twelve. He may have been in America as early as 1761, and was certainly in the colonies in 1764, when he joined the surveying team of Samuel Holland. Rising to the rank of deputy surveyor, Blaskowitz was a key member of Holland's team during its surveys of the Narragansett Bay in 1764 and again in 1774 under the aegis of the Board of Admiralty. The arrival of British troops in Newport in December 1775 led to the publication of the latter surveys by William Faden. Blaskowitz remained in American during the War and served as a captain, draftsman and surveyor in the loyalist regiment, the Guides and Pioneers. See Mary Sponberg Pedley, The Commerce of Cartography: The Making and Marketing of Maps in Eighteenth-Century France and England, Chicago, 2005, pp. 123-127, 130-131, 136; Nebenzahl Battle Plans 35.
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