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“The City of Quebec with Historical Notes” print by S. H. Maw (1932)

“The City of Quebec with Historical Notes” print by S. H. Maw (1932)

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The Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada describes Samuel Herbert Maw as “a brilliant delineator, etcher, architect, cartographer and designer” who lived everywhere from England to Ontario, and there are not more colourful, explanatory, or detailed pictorial maps of a Canadian cities than his Québec and Montréal maps. This one took Maw six years to draw while working days at the Montréal architecture firm Ross & Macdonald and later as the head of the T. Eaton Co.’s Architectural Department, and while it was a labour of love it could also be sold: for decades it was available as a 35x27” tourist map at various shops. 

It was clearly influenced by the work of British artist MacDonald Gill (best known for his 1914 Wonderground Map of London), but Maw’s creative package included less whimsy and copious historical asides. He also drew a view of Ottawa in 1944, which I would very much like to find a glimpse of.

A reproduction available at 16x12" or 24x18" on Epson Enhanced Matte 192 gsm paper printed with Epson UltraChrome XD2 archival ink. Sold in an open edition, unframed. Based on this original public domain image held by the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec.

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