Tag Archives: Hachuring

Maps & Words, Lost & Found

Is there a correlation? A month before the exhibition opening my mum finally lost the map of her house, even when stood in the kitchen surrounded by ‘white goods’ there is nothing there she recognises. I say “by the sink … Continue reading

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Shape of a Mountain

A photo of Schiehallion is an impressive thing, with great hunk with spine aloft, the mountain rises magnificently out of its surroundings. But before photography – and prior to contours – depicting a mountain and suggesting its elevation had quite … Continue reading

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Chas. Hutton – The Man

Charles Hutton was born in Newcastle in 1737; I wonder what he himself would have cited as his greatest achievement? He had much to be proud of: good at maths, his first teaching post was in Jesmond, for how many … Continue reading

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Floods

Early morning radio: a man is watching water climbing the stairs. It’s not the first time he’s been flooded out and it will happen again as arguments for dredging and speeding flow versus slowing the onrush – via water meadow … Continue reading

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The Other Italian & the First Printed Isobath Map

Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli is a name that kept cropping up reading around cartography. I kept sidelining him as biographers seemed to place his interests mostly elsewhere. Born in 1658 to a wealthy and noble family, he studied – among other … Continue reading

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