|Description: We offer a rare hand colored engraved aerial view of Coxheath Camp by G. Terry and T. Bish. The platemark is 15 ¾” x 22 ¼” on handmade laid paper sheet which measures: 15 ¾” x 22 ¼”. The print features a detailed map of the encampment in Kent. It identifies the commanding officers, the major generals and lieutenants, as well as, major roads and landmarks. Item #PR00266.
The prominent dedication at the bottom reads “To Lieutenant General Pierson Commander in Chief of the Forces Encamp’d on Cox-Heath, This Representation of the Camp is with all due Submission Inscrib’d By his Most Obet Humble Servants G. Terry, T. Bish. Published as the Act directs October 20th 1779, by G. Terry No 54 Paternoster Row Cheapside London, & by T. Bish, at his Stationary and Perfumery Shop Cox Heath, Kent.”
Coxheath Camp was the scene of several big reviews of troops by visiting dignitaries, including one by the King himself, George III, and Queen Charlotte in 1778. During this time the camp was home to 17,000 troops, as well as, civilians, many representing the 700 retailers who had come from London to service the soldiers.
Major Francis Peirson (January 1757 – 6 January 1781) was a British Army officer who served during the American Revolutionary War. He was killed in the Battle of Jersey, one of the last battles on British soil.
Garnet Terry (1744/46 – 1817) was a noted printmaker, map engraver, banknote engraver, jeweler and bookseller. The Reverend William Huntington described Terry as 'a leveler, and for all things common'. He became a follower of Huntington in the 1780’s, publishing a number of his works.
The verso has several smaller prints glued to it: "The Front View of Stonehenge" (1740), "A Draught of the Road and Harbour of Brest with the Adjacent Coast" (1757) and "The Ichnography, or New Plan of the City of Bat" (1755).
Condition: There is some slight wrinkling on recto where the prints are affixed on the verso, minor surface dirt, generally good condition.