North America Signed by a Rarely Seen Map Engraver
Rare mid-18th Century map of North America, engraved by I Buego in Edinburgh.
The map shows the British Colonies extending from the Atlantic to the Rocky Mountains. East and West Florida are shown, as are the Indian Tribes east of the Mississippi River.
In the west, the Rio Grande is the Nueces River and Norte River further to the north, extending to St. Jerome, St. Laurence and Santa Fe New Mexico, with numerous Indian Tribes noted between the Missouri River and the Santa Fe.
Further north, the River of the West is shown, with its speculative source as Pike's Lake.
On the northwest coast, the discoveries of Sir Francis Drake on the California coastline are combined with the mythical discoveries of Martin D'Aguilar and Jane de Fuca.
John Beugo (1759 – Dcember 1841) was a Scottish engraver and printmaker. His most famous work was the engraved version of Alexander Nasmyth's portrait of Robert Burns.
Beugo was a prosperousengraver who made prints after the likes of Henry Raeburn, Joshua Reynolds and Alexander Nasmyth. He also made prints after the anatomical works of John Bell. Beugo became the teacher of engraver Robert Charles Bell.
Beugo was friends with and engraved portraits of the poet Robert Burns. He published a book called "Poetry, Miscellaneous and Dramatic, by an Artist" in 1797.
His address in 1832 is known to have been 54 South Bridge in the Old Town.