Published by John Tallis, 1851
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
This superb reproduction of the original hand-colored steel plate engraving, "Belgium", was first published by the noted English cartographer, John Tallis, in his Illustrated Atlas and serves as a fine example of mid-19th century pictorial mapmaking. Generally considered to be the last of the great pictorial mapmakers, Tallis's maps are eagerly sought after by collectors.
Belgium, controlled by the Spanish for more than 300 years, became a constitutional monarchy in 1831, just 20 years before this map was published, and only 16 years after Napoleon's forces were defeated at Waterloo. The exquisite vignettes depict Antwerp Cathedral, Monuments on the Plains of Waterloo, Altar of St. Gudule, and the coat of arms.
We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.