27 October 2016, 13:30 EST
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Lot 220: SAMUEL HERBERT MAW (1881-1952). THE CITY OF QUEBEC. 1932. 27x35 inches, 70x89 cm. Alexander & Cable Litho., Co., Toronto.(59 views)
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SAMUEL HERBERT MAW (1881-1952) THE CITY OF QUEBEC. 1932.
27 1/2x35 1/4 inches, 70x89 1/2 cm. Alexander & Cable Litho., Co., Toronto.
Condition A: creases along vertical and horizontal folds; light time-staining in upper margin.
Born in England, Maw was an architect, delineator, etcher, cartographer and designer. After winning the Sloane Medallion from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1905 and showing at the Royal Academy in London in 1909, Maw moved to Canada where he spent the remainder of his successful career designing buildings, squares and landmarks. He is best known for his perspective drawings, such as this one, heralded as "a masterpiece of Canadian cartography, a bird's-eye view of Quebec City, begun in 1926 and completed in 1932, in which he accurately rendered every single building in the Old Town and surrounding area, complete with a hand-drawn cartouche and historical notes on the significance of the buildings shown . . . A copy of the map can be found in National Map Collection, NAC, Ottawa" (http://dictionaryofarchitectsincanada.org/node/2069).