Map of the State of Texas, 1862 by Alvin Jewett Johnson


Map of the State of Texas, 1862


Alvin Jewett Johnson

Ref GM572
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 24" x 20" (60 x 50 cm)
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‘Map of the State of Texas’ was published in 1862 by Alvin Jewett Johnson, one of the most prominent American mapmakers of the nineteenth century. This map, published as part of Johnson’s New Illustrated Family Atlas, was based on an earlier map by J.H. Colton. Along with modifying Colton’s maps, Johnson transferred them from steel plate engravings to lithographic stones which enabled the maps to be produced at a much cheaper cost. This map is surrounded by a unique “strapwork” designed border which is known to frame Johnson’s maps between 1860 and1863. Along with the Family Atlas, Johnson also issued pocket and wall maps which were renowned for their detail, accuracy and exquisite hand colouring. The ‘Map of the State of Texas’ is a detailed illustration of the American state with a many geographical features including roads, cities and towns. The counties in Texas are divided by coloured coding and the insets in the lower left area details the Galveston Bay, the Sabine Lake and the northern panhandle. Johnson’s maps were published during such an important period in American history, particularly as ‘Map of the State of Texas’ was created during the height of the American Civil War (1861–64). This map was also illustrated prior to the construction of the railroads across America which began to take place from the 1870’s which makes Johnson’s maps highly popular and particularly sought after by both map collectors and historians.