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specifications

sizes
'County' Series

large: (B1) 70 cm x 100 cm:
original design size
small: (A1) 59 cm x 84 cm
SEE MAIN IMAGE ABOVE

(Cornwall & Devon are 
90 x 90 cm)


oak frame is 30mm in width

district maps are A2 (59 x 42 cm)

'London' Series
A2 (42 cm x 59 cm)
or 50 cm x 70 cm

one size per borough check which size is applicable to each borough 

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the artwork

Each map follows the same design standards in colour choices and composition. The principle aims were to design a map based on antique cartographic styles, but updated with contemporary design choices and to create a map that is both beautiful to look at, incredibly detailed, accurate and informative.

Where the style diverges most from antique cartographic styles, is in the use of white space around the map. Many maps are very crowded. Here I wanted to give room for the map to breath and take centre stage.

The level of detail is quite dense but scaled so you can enjoy the map and read details from across the room, but as you get closer more and more detail and information becomes apparent.


To add greater value, all the maps are populated with what I have called 'Sites of Significant Historical & Cultural Interest'. These are researched from the National Trust, Historic England, English Heritage & Britain Express. The entries are written by myself highlighting the salient and interesting historical facts from each site. Reading and researching about an area will often reveal important sites that are not attached to the above institutions but included on their obvious merit.

paper & printing

a 270 gsm weight, off-white ivory, matte fine art archival paper is used

the latest inkjet printing technology is used. this is a 12-ink system that is often referred to as 'giclee' printing

this offers greater protection of the artworks longevity with 70 to 100 years quoted to guarantee its integrity against fading colours

paper expands and contracts readily with exposure to changes in temperature and moisture. this can cause ripples in the paper behind the glass or acrylic.

avoid hanging above radiators and fireplaces

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framed prints

if you order a framed print, your artwork will arrive ready to hang

my only frame offering is a solid wooden oak frame with a natural finish, which I believe complements the artwork perfectly. the frame thickness is 34mm

each frame is made to order

your print will be 'dry mounted' which is the process whereby a print is bonded to a board using an adhesive heat activated tissue giving a smooth, crisp finish. This prevents the artwork moving or the paper being deformed by changes in temperature & moisture, ensuring its integrity for a lifetime. For a clearer insight into dry mounting watch this brief third party youtube video 

glazing

using glass is simply not an option when delivering framed artwork like this, especially with the large sizes involved

courier companies don't insure glass in picture frames and breakage rates are high

a 2mm thick high grade extruded acrylic or plexiglass is used. it is lighter in weight than glass and has up to 50% greater transparency with obvious benefits to viewing the artwork

framed canvas

Beautifully printed on white cotton and polyester canvas with no glazing between you and the artwork allowing the colours to really sing. Without glazing and the glare this creates you can see the artwork clearly from any angle around the room.
 
The canvas is stretched around a separate frame before being set inside a display frame.

A string hanger is screwed in and cushioning pads applied to the bottom corners.

Because the artwork is exposed its best to hang these where elbows and hips can't do any damage, typically above a good piece of furniture.

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Map of the Cotswolds