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Relief Map of Switzerland, Perhaps by Léonard Gaudin, Swiss, Early 19th Century

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Inventory Number: 10424
Object Type:
Persons: Léonard Gaudin (Maker)
Date Created: c. 1835
Accession Number: 2007- 6
Brief Description: Painted and numerically labelled relief map made of plaster (or gesso) on canvas and wood base, with wood-framed glass cover.

The terrain is green/brown depending on altitude, with forest indicated by applied material and mountain peaks and ridges white for snow and glaciers; lakes and rivers are blue; settlements are red-painted glass beads; roads are white with red bridges.

Geneva is numbered 1; there are over 1000 numbered features (lakes, mountains, settlements, etc.). There is a north-south arrow in Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).

The date comes from the tentative attribution to Léonard Gaudin; see discussion in narrative on comparable example in Geneva.
Primary Inscriptions: "Nord Sud" on orientation arrow in Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).
Provenance: Transferred from the School of Geography in 2007, per Sue Bird.
Collection Group:
Material(s): Plaster
Canvas
Wood
Glass
Copper Alloy
Red Felt
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
725 592 mm

Narratives

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