Geography Bewitched! (Again)

Robert Dighton was a well known painter of portraits and caricatures, as well as decorative subjects, who is regarded as one of the most talented social caricaturists of the late eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries.  Many of his works were issued anonymously, and published by Carington Bowles (fl.1752-1793).  Carington Bowles worked initially with his father, John Bowles, before leaving to take over his uncle Thomas Bowles (II)’s business, circa 1762.  Carington Bowles was among of the most active mapsellers and publishers of his day in London, as can be seen in the extensive catalogues of his issued in 1782, 1784, 1790 and in 1795 (by his successors Bowles and Carver).

Geography Bewitched! or, a droll Caricature MAP of ENGLAND 
Geography Bewitched! or, a droll Caricature MAP of IRELAND. This Portrait of Lady Hibernia Bull is humbly dedicated to her Husband the great Mr John Bull

London Printed for Bowles & Carver, No. 69 St Paul’s Church Yard. [c.1795]

In issue 2 we featured the companion map of Scotland, with the original manuscript sketch for the engraving.

By courtesy of the O’Shea Gallery.

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