John Rocque’s four-sheet Exact
survey of the city and suburbs of Dublin,
1756, was the most comprehensive
and detailed mapping of any city in
these islands before the
establishment of the Ordnance
Survey in the early-19th century.
Rocque was responsible for city
maps throughout Europe
including ones of Rome, Paris and
London. However despite their
considerable detail and large scale
– the London map comprised 24
sheets and measured 7ft by 13ft –
they were all limited to the
depiction of the city block. The
Dublin map, by contrast, was the
only one to provide a detailed plan
of every single house plot,
out-building, avenue, laneway,
courtyard and garden, within the
precincts of the mid-18th-century
city. In my PhD research in the
History of Art Department on the
1756 survey, I am looking to make
a systematic study of this map as
an art historical artefact of rare
significance in European
cartography, as well as using it as a
primary source for the archaeology
of the mid-18th-century city.
Exhibited at 'Unlocking the Treasures', a colloquium and poster exhibition to mark the launch of the Long Room Hub on June 14th 2006
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