Striking full color example of Tallis's town plan of Birmingham, England.
Includes vignettes of the city from Highgate, Theatre Royal, St. Philip's Church, The London & North Western Railway Station, Town Hall, School of Design, Bull Ring, and King Edward's School.
One of the most decorative and sought after town plans of the City to appear in an atlas in the 19th Century. Engraved for R. Montgomery Martin's Illustrated Atlas.
Tallis was one of the last great decorative map makers. His maps are prized for the wonderful vignettes of indigenous scenes, people, etc. The town plans engraved by Tallis appear in only a small percentage of his works, making them harder to obtain than his regional maps.
John Tallis (1817-1876) was a British map publisher. Born in the Midlands, Tallis came to London in the 1840s. Tallis began his London career with a series of remarkable London street views. He began a partnership with a Frederick Tallis, possibly his brother, but their collaboration ended in 1849. For the Great Exhibition of 1851, Tallis published the Illustrated World Atlas, one of the last series of decorative world maps ever produced. The maps were engraved by John Rapkin, a skilled artisan. The maps were later reissued by the London Printing & Publishing Company, who left the Tallis imprint intact, thus ensuring his enduring fame. In 1858, he began publication of the popular Illustrated News of the World and National Portrait Gallery of Eminent Personages, selling it in 1861 (it ceased publication in 1863).