Auction 136, Lot 482

A unique piece with a distinctive aire

"Ffart Castle and Environs", Anon.

Subject: British Comic Map

Period: 1890 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

10.1 x 14.11 inches
25.7 x 35.8 cm

This colorful manuscript map is filled with tongue in cheek names and many crude plays on words. The ffart Castle is just across the river from the ffart on Tyme Village and above the ffuckinwell County line. Offshore just beyond Lloud Sound is the Brakewynd Island. The countryside is part of Crapshire County, which Ogilby neglected to map. The anonymous artist thoughtfully provided an inset of ffart on Tyme village that contains even more interesting names. There are more catchy phrases hidden in the bawdy gem, left for the new owner to discover. The date was determined by the reference to the city of ffartington, which is apparently a jab at the Marquis of Hartington in late 19th century politics and/or the village of Hartington that, according to Google, was sometimes also spelled ffartington.


Condition: B+

Bright, strong color and pen work. A few spots at lower left.

Estimate: $150 - $250

Sold for: $210

Closed on 6/1/2011