This hand-colored map of the Canadian north features a cartouche engraved and signed by C. (Catherine) Haussard. Marie Catherine and her sister Elizabeth were 18th-century Parisian engravers who specialized in the creation of cartouches – the decorative and informative label identifying a map, its author and the subject. The sisters were daughters of noted French engraver Jean-Baptiste Haussard, who trained them in the art of engraving. The cartouche shown here incorporates popular 18th-century symbols of North America – pine trees, a beaver, and a Native American canoe.
Robert de Vaugondy, Gilles, 1688-1766
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par le Sr. Robert de Vaugondy ; C. Haussard, sculp.
Scale ca. 1:4,000,000.
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
1 map : col. ; 48 x 59 cm.
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