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John Rocque

18th century antique maps by John Rocque .
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Channel Islands, The Islands of Guernsey and Jersey by John Rocque from "Small British Atlas" c.1753, 224 x 167mm, £95.00 John Rocque map

Hampshire, John Rocque, The Small British Atlas, 165 x 200mm, c.1753, SOLD

John Rocque map of Hampshire
Isle of Wight, John Rocque, Small British Atlas, c. 1753, 165 x 210mm, £75.00 IOW map 1753 - John Rocque

John Rocque (originally Jean; c. 1709–1762) was a surveyor and cartographer. Rocque was born no later than 1709, since that was the year he moved to England with his parents, who were French Huguenot émigrés. He became a godfather in 1728, which suggests he was at least twenty-one years old by that time. In addition to his work as surveyor and mapmaker, Rocque was an engraver and map-seller. He was also involved in some way in gardening as a young man, living with his brother Bartholomew, who was a landscape gardener, and producing plans for parterres, perhaps recording pre-existing designs, but few details of this work are known. Roque produced engraved plans of the gardens at Wrest Park (1735), Claremont (1738), Charles Hamilton's naturalistic landscape garden at Painshill Park, Surrey (1744), Wanstead House (1745) and Wilton House (1746). Rocque is now mainly remembered for his map of London. He began work on this in 1737 and it was published in 24 printed sheets in 1747. It was by far the most detailed map of London published up to that time, and remains an important historical resource. The map of London and his other maps brought him an appointment as cartographer to the Prince of Wales in 1751. A fire in 1750 destroyed his premises and stock, but by 1753 he was employing ten draughtsmen, and The Small British Atlas: Being a New set of Maps of all the Counties of England and Wales appeared. There was a second edition in 1762.

Antique maps by John Roque


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