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Land between Calais and Hardelot

Land between Calais and Hardelot

Cartographer: Rogers, John

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1546

Shelfmark: Cotton Augustus I.ii

Item number: f.75

Genre: Manuscript Map

This map of the Calais, Guynes and Boulogne area, France, was drawn by John Rogers. Rogers was a military engineer who trained as a mason, probably at Hampton Court. He worked for Henry VIII making plans and designs for the improvement and fortification of royal buildings. At this date Guines was under English rule and in 1541 Rogers was appointed as master mason at Guines Castle. This map is drawn in a perspective bird’s eye view as if seen from just off the coast. Although the map is pictorial in style, fortifications around Boulogne are drawn in plan form and rivers are emphasised revealing a concern with accuracy and defence. No orientation is indicated but east is at the top of the map.

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