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Lot 682
DARBY (JOHN) Map, drawn and signed by John Darby and dated 1582, of the Parish of Smallburgh by the Norfolk Broads, signed "IoDarby" in the northern cartouche and embellished with his characteristic figures and ornamentation, including the surveyor himself with his rod, and a traveller, leaning on his staff (a monkey on his shoulder), with further figures in the landscape (such as a hunter holding a matchlock musket, his powder flask by his side, urging on his dog swimming in the broad in pursui
Sold for £15,040 (US$ 24,939) inc. premium
Lot Details
DARBY (JOHN)
Map, drawn and signed by John Darby and dated 1582, of the Parish of Smallburgh by the Norfolk Broads, signed "IoDarby" in the northern cartouche and embellished with his characteristic figures and ornamentation, including the surveyor himself with his rod, and a traveller, leaning on his staff (a monkey on his shoulder), with further figures in the landscape (such as a hunter holding a matchlock musket, his powder flask by his side, urging on his dog swimming in the broad in pursuit of ducks), sheep, dogs, pigs horses and cows (one depositing a cowpat), the broads populated by boatmen in punts, a heron and a swan, with buildings depicted including the church and Smallburgh Hall (with a milkmaid and a woman feeding the pigs); the four points of the compass (the map being aligned from south to north) indicated by elaborate classical cartouches festooned with putti, probably copied from published originals; coat-of-arms (see note below); the adjoining parishes of Dilham, Stalham, Barton, Beeston and Tunstead indicated, bold wreath and pole border with red outer edge, with some neatly-written eighteenth-century additions (one marked "course of the river 1762"), on two sheets of vellum with part of a third, some minor foxing and creasing or rubbing, but overall in fine fresh condition, c.102 by 170cm., 1582

Footnotes

  • An exceptionally fine and decorative Elizabethan map. The arms are those of Edward Parker, tenth Baron Morley (1555-1618), who held the lordship of the manor of Catts in Smallburgh. The Morleys were descended from Hubert de Rye, companion to William the Conqueror and Ambassador to Edward the Confessor and had strong Catholic sympathies. Edward’s father, Henry Parker (d.1577), ninth Baron, spent much of his time abroad, and Edward himself spent some time "in exile for the faith", being forced to give up his hereditary office of Lord Marshal of Ireland. His son and successor, William Parker, fourth Baron Monteagle (1575-1622), is famous for exposing the Gunpowder Plot (information kindly supplied by Mr Ron Fiske).
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