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Title :

Benjamin Franklin, Georges-Louis Le Rouge and the Franklin/Folger chart of the Gulf Stream

Author :
COHN, Ellen R. ;
Publication year :
2000
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
While in Paris as minister to the French court, Benjamin Franklin arranged for the production of a French version of his famous chart of the Gulf Stream, which had been based on a sketch by Timothy Folger and first printed in London ca.1769. This paper recounts Franklin's collaboration with the Parisian cartographer Georges Louis Le Rouge from their first meeting in 1780, and pieces together the history of the Le Rouge chart. Two open questions have been when the chart was engraved, and whether its purpose was primarily military, commercial or scientific. Evidence suggests that it was produced for French merchant and packet captains in the months following the end of the American War of Independence. ;
Pagination/Size :
pl. 11; 7 ill. (1 col.) ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Carte ; Collaboration ; Estampe ; Etats-Unis ; France ; Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 ; Gulf Stream ; Le Rouge, Georges Louis, act.1775-1788 ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Collaboration ; France ; Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 ; Gulf Stream ; Le Rouge, Georges Louis, act.1775-1788 ; Maps ; Prints ; United States ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Imago mundi (Lympne), 2000, 52
INIST identifier :
24985659 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0308-5694 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Taylor & Francis, Abingdon
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;