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The Bishop Collection of Antique Maps & Historical Prints

The Bishop Collection of Antique Maps & Historical Prints Collection includes 15 maps from 1606 to the mid-19th century illustrating what has been termed “the golden age of cartography,” plus a selection of 15 complementary historical prints. These magnificent historical maps and prints were a gift in 1999 from Mrs. George Bishop in memory of her late husband, a local entrepreneur.

Collection Highlight

Antique Map #29. Charleston Harbor

Charleston Harbor | cartographer unknown | 1861 | pen and ink with watercolor wash manuscript map | 14 ¾” x 17” | 1999 gift of Mrs. George Bishop in memory of her late husband

Did you know…?
The unknown mapmaker chose to decorate this small map with flags of the State of South Carolina and of the “Confederation.” Navigation channels, the City of Charleston, Mount Pleasant, James Island, Morris Island with its lighthouse, Sullivan’s Island, Ft. Moultrie, Castle Pinckney and Ft. Sumter are all carefully figured. The map was probably used by a blockade runner during the Civil War.


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