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Midhurst 8

Midhurst 8

Draughtsman: Budgen, Charles

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1808

Shelfmark: OSD 84

Item number: 8

Length: 37

Width: 30

Genre: Map

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

The counties of Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex are separated by a red dashed boundary line in this map of the South Downs and the River Rother Valley. Archaeological details are recorded at Duncton Beacon and Irons Barrow even though such documentation did not become obligatory until 1816. Trees and woodland dominate this undulating landscape. Individual trees with a small vertical stem and a shadow at the base are painstakingly drawn, as well as more general, stippled representations of tree tops en masse. The detailed representation of woodland highlights the military emphasis of the survey: trees could hinder or hide the movement of a regiment. The paper bears the watermark '1903.'

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