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Draughtsman: Stanley, William

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1812

Shelfmark: OSD 159

Item number: 9

Length: 35

Width: 26

Genre: Map

Map scale ratio: 2'' : Mile (1 : 31680)

Author of this drawing, William Stanley was listed as a 'first class' military draughtsman and surveyor at the Tower of London Drawing Room. The top boundary of this section of the Berkshire Downs follows an ancient grass track, the Ridge Way. Elaborate hill shading describing relief and the attention given to communications routes highlight the military emphasis of these studies. Archaeological details are documented even though this did not become obligatory until 1816. Pencil rays intersecting across the manuscript are evidence of angular measurements taken by the surveyor between fixed points.

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