Beautemps-Beaupre, Charles-Francois

Reconnoissance Hydrographique de la Cote Nord de France, Dunkerque

Reconnoissance Hydrographique de la Cote Nord de France (rade de Dunkerque et ses Environs) de apres les ordres de son Excellence le Vice-Amiral Decres Ministre de la Marine et ds Colonies (dans la Campagnes des Annees 1801 and 1802) par C.F. Beautemps-Beaupre Hydrographe Sous-Chef du Depot General de la Marine

DESCRIPTION: This large-scale antique hydrographic chart of the town and environs of Gravelines is a fine example of the work of Charles-François Beautemps-Beaupré (1766-1854). Beautemps-Beaupre was one of the earliest hydrographers to use isobaths to represent water depth. In this chart he uses differently colored isobaths to represent three depth categories : less than 10 feet ; between 10 and 16 feet; and between 17 and 24 feet. This detail along with numerous soundings demonstrates Beautemp-Beaupre's dedication to his profession, and is the reason he is sometimes referred to as the 'father of French hydrography'.

Date of 1802 is consistent with a dedication to vice-admiral F.E. de Rosily who served as Directeur of the Depot Generale de la Marine from 1795-1805.Often referred to as the "Father of Modern French Hydrography" because of his systematic approach to marine surveying.

CREATOR: Beautemps-Beaupre, Charles-Francois



BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Very Good  Impressive condition for its age. Thick, clean chain-laid paper with watermark of "J. Kool and Comp" with figure of a lion and sword. Strong impression with perhaps one or two tiny foxing spots. Shows almost no sign of age. Horizontal centerfold as issued. Remnants of a binders stub on verso.

COLORING: Beautiful and careful contemporary hand color.

ENGRAVER: Ecrit par J.P. Besancon

SIZE: 24 " x 36 "


PRICE: $275


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