Brilliant Pictorial Map of Oxfordshire with colorful vignettes of historical places of interest.
This engaging composition, created just after the conclusion of WW2, celebrates the natural attributes and historical sites of Oxfordshire. A map of the county occupies its center, and features details of the agricultural and resource bounty of the land, including "Fat Cattle" and "Beech Timber for Chair Making".
The country map is surrounded by a variety of vignettes, including Christ Church Cathedral (Oxford), Blenheim Palace, Broughton Castle, Radcliffe Camera (Oxford University), and Ditchley House, while the title cartouche features a panorama of the city of Oxford.
Also present, is a large inset which includes the coat of arms of Sir Winston Churchill, Oxfordshire's most famous son, and the lines of his famous speech to the U.S. Congress, given on December 26, 1941. The map is also adorned with numerous notes on historical events and the great contribution that Oxfordshire made to the recent war effort.
The map was part of series of county maps designed by Ernest Clegg, published in 1947 as the Countryman County Maps of Britain. The present example was issued under the auspices of the British Travel Association for overseas sale.