Old Map of Northern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal by Tallis & Rapkin, 1851: Delhi, Calcutta, Himalayas, Ganges
Old Map of Northern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal by Tallis & Rapkin, 1851: Delhi, Calcutta, Himalayas, Ganges
Old Map of Northern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal by Tallis & Rapkin, 1851: Delhi, Calcutta, Himalayas, Ganges
Old Map of Northern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal by Tallis & Rapkin, 1851: Delhi, Calcutta, Himalayas, Ganges

Old Map of Northern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal by Tallis & Rapkin, 1851: Delhi, Calcutta, Himalayas, Ganges

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The "Map of Northern India" by John Tallis, engraved by J. Rapkin in 1851, is a stunning artifact from the golden age of cartography. This map, created for R. Montgomery Martin's Illustrated Atlas, offers a detailed political and physical representation of Northern India during the British Raj. The mapmaker, John Tallis, is celebrated as one of the last great decorative mapmakers, known for his exquisite artistic touch and meticulous detail. His maps are prized for their beauty and historical significance, making this piece a treasure for any collector or history enthusiast.

This map vividly illustrates the geopolitical landscape of Northern India in the mid-19th century. British-administered territories, including present-day Bangladesh and areas around Delhi, are highlighted in pink, while regions controlled by Hindu leaders are shown in yellow. The map also delineates other important states in green, with areas outside the region, such as Tibet and Burma, left uncolored and minimally detailed. The borders with Tibet are loosely defined, reflecting the fluid political boundaries of the time. Notably, Sikkim is not attributed to any nation, indicating its ambiguous status during this period.

The map is adorned with intricate vignettes that provide a glimpse into life during the Company Raj. These include the British Residency in Hyderabad, the ruins of Old Delhi, and the coat of arms of the British East India Company. These illustrations juxtapose colonial and traditional power, offering a rich visual narrative of the era. The inclusion of a tiger hunt scene adds an element of adventure and exoticism, further enhancing the map's appeal.

Geographically, the map covers a vast area encompassing present-day northeastern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. Major rivers such as the Ganges and Brahmaputra are prominently featured, reflecting their importance in the region's geography and culture. The Himalayan mountain range is also depicted, emphasizing the natural barriers and the majestic landscape of the area. The map's detailed representation of rivers, cities, and geopolitical boundaries provides valuable insights into the region's historical and physical context.

The map includes numerous cities and towns, such as Delhi, Calcutta, Lucknow, Agra, and Kathmandu, each with its own historical and cultural significance. These settlements are meticulously labeled, offering a snapshot of the urban landscape during the British Raj. The map's decorative border and artistic engravings make it not only a valuable historical document but also a beautiful piece of art. Collectors and enthusiasts will appreciate the map's ability to transport them back in time, providing a window into the complex and fascinating history of Northern India.

Cities and towns on this map

  • India:
  • Delhi
  • Calcutta (Kolkata)
  • Lucknow
  • Agra
  • Kanpur (Cawnpore)
  • Varanasi (Benares)
  • Allahabad
  • Patna
  • Gaya
  • Meerut
  • Jhansi
  • Gwalior
  • Jaipur
  • Ajmer
  • Bikaner
  • Jodhpur
  • Udaipur
  • Bareilly
  • Aligarh
  • Mathura
  • Fatehpur
  • Saharanpur
  • Gorakhpur
  • Murshidabad
  • Burdwan
  • Dacca (Dhaka)
  • Chittagong
  • Sylhet

  • Nepal:

  • Kathmandu

  • Bangladesh:

  • Dhaka
  • Chittagong
  • Sylhet

  • Bhutan:

  • Thimphu

Notable Features & Landmarks

  • Illustrations:
  • The British Residency in Hyderabad
  • Ruins of Old Delhi
  • Coat of arms of the British East India Company
  • Tiger hunt scene

  • Bodies of water:

  • Major rivers such as the Ganges and Brahmaputra

  • Borders:

  • British-administered territories (pink)
  • Hindu leader-controlled areas (yellow)
  • Other important states (green)
  • Loosely defined borders with Tibet

  • Mountains:

  • Himalayan mountain range

  • Other notable features:

  • Vignettes of indigenous scenes and people
  • Decorative border around the map

Historical and design context

  • Name of the map: Map of Northern India
  • Mapmaker/Publisher: John Tallis & Company, engraved by J. Rapkin
  • Tallis was one of the last great decorative mapmakers, known for the artistic quality of his maps.
  • When the map was made: 1851
  • Topics and themes:
  • Political boundaries and control during the British Raj.
  • Physical geography including rivers and mountain ranges.
  • Cultural and historical vignettes showcasing colonial and traditional power.
  • Countries and regions shown:
  • Present-day northeastern India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal.
  • Areas around Delhi, Calcutta, and Fort William.
  • Design/style:
  • Decorative map with full-color illustrations and vignettes.
  • Artistic borders and detailed engravings.
  • Historical significance:
  • Provides insight into the geopolitical landscape of Northern India during the mid-19th century.
  • Reflects British colonial influence and administrative divisions during the Company Raj.

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