This 1741 Homann Heirs' map, Regionis, quae est circa Londinum, specialis repræsentatio geographica, autographo majori Londinensi desumta, provides a distinct geographical depiction of London and its surrounding areas, stretching to encompass Middlesex, and portions of Surrey, Kent, Hertfordshire, and Essex. The map is further adorned by a striking bird's-eye view of London at the bottom, vividly portraying the bustling city along the Thames River.
Created in the mid-eighteenth century, a time when London was rapidly evolving into a global city, this map reflects the growing urbanization and expansion of the capital and its surrounding areas. The detailed depiction of the territories beyond the immediate environs of London suggests the increasing interconnectedness between the city and its peripheral regions during this period.
The noteworthy bird's-eye view of London and Westminster offers a richly detailed portrait of the city in the 18th century. This perspective, with the Thames River at its heart, reveals a city buzzing with activity, providing a glimpse into the commercial and cultural vibrancy that characterized London during this era.
This Homann Heirs' map of London, with its geographical representation of the city and its surrounding areas, and its dynamic bird's-eye view, serves as a captivating historical record. The map not only captures London's geographical spread but also encapsulates the spirit and dynamism of this city as it navigated a period of significant growth and transformation.
Homann Heirs was a German publishing firm that enjoyed a major place in the European map market throughout the eighteenth century. Founded in 1702 by Johann Baptist Homann, the business passed to his son, Christoph, upon Johann’s death in 1724. Christoph died in 1730, aged only 27, and the firm was inherited by subsequent Homann heirs. This altered the name of the company, which was known as Homann Erben, or Homann heirs. The firm continued in business until 1848.