Map of The World Geography Assignment by Mary Robinson Wells circa 1820

Map of The World Geography Assignment by Mary Robinson Wells circa 1820

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This early 19th century drawing entitled “Map of the World” is hand drawn in pen and ink. The very detailed and sophisticated rendering, depicts oceans, continents, countries and many geographical features. It was created by student Mary Robinson Wells for a cartography assignment, and is signed by the student-artist at the bottom. The name of the school is unknown. A U.S. bald eagle is featured at the top. There is also an inscription in the lower left corner that reads: “Made with pen and ink about 1820 – Loaned by Elizabeth Brown Robinson.” Geography sampler and drawing assignments for female students were common in schools of the period.
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overall: 33.8 cm x 46.4 cm; 13 5/16 in x 18 9/32 in
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Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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