Aberdeen in Scotland nestled on the River Dee with its famous Victorian Park and Harbour, John Tallis's 1851 town plan perfectly captures this historic Scottish town during mid Victorian times. To the bottom right of the plan is a most attractive illustration of Aberdeen. At the top of the plan there is a view towards Castle Street. The other illustrations are of Old Don Bridge, North Church on King Street and a sailing ship on the German Ocean. London publisher John Tallis issued his "Illustrated Atlas" in 1850, consisting of eighty highly decorative maps of the countries and regions of the World, engraved on steel by John Rapkin. They are delicately engraved and are surrounded by charming vignette views depicting famous landmarks, wildlife and costume of the inhabitants of each country. By this time the accuracy and practicality of maps were generally considered of greater importance than were aesthetic qualities, therefore making them unusual for the period. Tallis did not produce a series of county maps, but his maps of the individual countries of the World are well worthy of note.
Between 1850 and 1860, Tallis published an extremely attractive series of town and city plans, also engraved by Rapkin, with vignettes of scenes and buildings taken from Dugdales "Curiosities".
Publisher: Historical Images Ltd