A New Chart of the Irish Sea

John Thornton (*1641 - 1708)
Coloured sea chart of Irish Sea. Printed in London by Samuel Thornton in 1711.

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Very rare nautical chart of the Irish Sea by John Thornton. Showing the detailed coastline of the east coast of Ireland, Wales and the west coast of England. Small inset map of the Walney Island and the Barrow Island. With the Isle of Man, Dublin, Liverpool, Lancaster and Blackpool. With indication of water depth, sandbanks and anchorages. Decorated with a title cartouche, rhumb lines and a wind rose. Oriented to the west. From the English Pilot by S. Thornton published in London circa 1705.


CartographerJohn Thornton
TitleA New Chart of the Irish Sea
Publisher, YearSamuel Thornton, London, circa 1711
Plate Size50.2 x 57.7 cm (19.8 x 22.7 inches)
Sheet Size53.3 x 60.3 cm (21.0 x 23.7 inches)


Excellent condition.


John Thornton was an English cartographer in the second half of the 17th century. He called himself Hydrograph to the Hudson Bay Company and the East India Company, but there is no evidence of his activity for the companies. In 1677 he entered into a partnership with John Seller together with William Fisher, John Colson and James Atkinson, which lasted only until 1679. Thornton and his colleague took over much of Seller's business. After Thornton's death in 1708, his son Samuel took over the business, but he died shortly afterwards and the stock was finally taken over by Mount and Page.

In Thornton's name the following atlases appeared among others:

- The English Pilot. The Third Book, 1703-11
- The English Pilot. The Fourth Book, 1689
- Atlas Maritimus, 1685, 1700, 1708.
- Hydrographia Galliae: The Sea Coasts of France, 1695

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John Thornton: A New Chart of the Irish Sea.
Coloured sea chart of Irish Sea. Printed in London by Samuel Thornton in 1711.

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