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Ernest Dudley Chase: A Pictorial Map of the New England States

Map: USA8979
Cartographer: Ernest Dudley Chase
Title: A Pictorial Map of the New England States
Date: 1939
Published: Winchester, Mass.
Width: 19 inches / 49 cm
Height: 24 inches / 61 cm
Map ref: USA8979
Vintage pictorial map of New England embellished with miniature vignettes depicting the historic buildings, iconic landmarks, and natural features of the region.

As a native of Winchester, Massachuetts, Ernest Dudley Chase knew the New England region well and devoted large portions of his career to illustrating and promoting the joys of New England life. This charming map does just that.

Views of the state houses of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine are arrange around the border. Two large sailing ships flank the title cartouche and a flotilla of smaller ships are scattered along the Atlantic coast.

Laid down on archival linen. Signed by the artist in pencil. Printed colour. (SL)

Ernest Dudley Chase

Ernest Dudley Chase (1878-1966), born in Lowell, Massachusetts, is one of the best known and prolific pictorial mapmakers of the 20th century. He created more than 50 different maps in his very distinctive style. A perfectionist, he is noted for his attention to fine details and for his illustrated vignettes. The maps frequently dealt humorously with serious subjects while always reflecting his passionate patriotism and optimism.

Many of his maps focus on his native New England, but he also designed maps of the world, Europe, North and South America, and WWII-themed maps. He published all of his maps from his home in Winchester, Massachusetts, taking orders from customers through the post. In a delightfully personal touch, he would sometimes sign his maps in pencil before dispatching them to customers.