Period: 1869 (circa)
Publication: Geographical Fun Being Humorous Outlines of Various Countries
Color: Printed Color
8 x 9.6 inches
20.3 x 24.4 cm
This caricature map depicts Ireland in the form of a peasant woman carrying a basket of produce with a baby strapped to her back. Satirical political maps appear throughout cartographic history and gained popularity in the latter part of the nineteenth century. This is one in a series of twelve maps of Europe that depicted the political geography in human form. The idea for the maps originated from a young girl's drawings made to amuse her sick brother. Aleph, the pseudonym for William Harvey, compiled the map and wrote the verses that accompany them. According to his introduction, the illustrations were meant as a humorous, educational aid in the study of geography, rather than the political satire they became. Harvey's publication first appeared in 1869, published by Hodder & Stoughton with the maps printed by the firm of Vincent, Brooks, Day & Son.
References: Slowther (TMC-16) pp. 48-50.
Striking color with light toning and a few spots of foxing.