Thomas Hutchins, New Map of the Western Parts of
Thomas Hutchins (1730 – 1789) New Map of the Western Parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and North Carolina; Comprehending the River Ohio, and all the rivers, which fall into it; Part of the River Mississippi, the whole of the Illinois River, Lake Erie, part of the Lakes Huron, Michigan, & c. And the country bordering on these lakes and rivers. Published in A Topographical Description of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and North Carolina.Engraving on muslin-backed paper with original hand-color and additional markings; margin with notes attached to left edge. Paper size: 36 1/4” x 43 1/2.” Framed size: 45 1/4” x 52.” London: 1778. Provenance: with near contemporary manuscript annotations providing a key to regions of private and public ownership outlined on the map, dating to ca 1792. Hutchins’ celebrated map of the Western territory of the United States is the seminal work of the man who grew to be a faithful civil servant, a military officer, an engineer and mapmaker.