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A View of the Town & Harbour of Halifax, from Dartmouth Shore.

  • ARTIST: J. F. W. Des Barres

  • PUBLISHER: Published by J .F. W. Des Barres, London.

  • MEDIUM: Handcolored aquatint and line engraving.

    DATE: undated, c.1781.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 14 3/4 x 22 1/4" (37.4 x 56.5 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: This rare view of the strategic port of Halifax appeared in the "Atlantic Neptune" by Captain Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres. This work is one of the finest large-scale sea atlases ever produced. The maps in the atlas were produced over a seven-year period (1775-82) and are well known for their accurate portrayal of various sounds, bays, bars, and harbors, as well as navigational hazards. The topographical views that appeared in the "Atlantic Neptune" were intended to supplement the atlas’s marine charts by giving seafarers visual clues for recognizing the approaches to major harbors, bays, and waterways. This work was used extensively by the Royal Navy during the American Revolution.


  • CONDITION: Good condition. Fine original handcoloring.

  • REFERENCE: National Maritime Museum (Greenwich), Henry Newton Stevens Collection: 47*a