Old Map of Glasgow, 1851 by Tallis & Rapkin - River Clyde, Argyle St, Central, University
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This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (31x41cm), 18x24 inches (45.5x61cm) and 24x36 inches (61x91.5cm), but it looks even better when printed large.
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 80 inches (200cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 24x18 inch (61x45.5cm) version of this map.
The fifth listing image shows an example of my map personalisation service.
Like a lot of the UK's oldest cities, Glasgow's street names, landmarks and waterways haven't changed much in the last 150 years - so it's nice to find your favourite street and imagine what it might've looked like all those years ago.
Many of Glasgow's main roads and rivers are clearly visible here: the Clyde runs through the city from east to west, and there's both the Old and New Harbours in the city centre. Glasgow Green still dominates much of the riverside - but back in the 1850s it was known as the Low Green, High Green and Kings Park. In the top left is the Royal Botanic Gardens, now the Glasgow Botanic Gardens.
There used to be a few hills to the west of Glasgow - York Hill and Gilmorehill - but they don't really exist today. Argyle Street still runs right through the middle of town.
A number of train lines are visible on the south side of the Clyde, but they haven't yet crossed the river in 1851. Glasgow Central Station wouldn't be opened for another 28 years in 1879.
Around the edges of the map are detailed engravings of prominent buildings and landmarks in Glasgow, including The Royal Exchange, a lovely view of the Clyde with some well-to-do types strolling along it, New Bridge, Glasgow University, the Cathedral, and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone who is a proud Glaswegian or who has Glasgow in their heart.
This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.
Some of my old maps are now available on canvas. Smaller and larger sizes are available, but you must contact me to order.
Check my canvas maps collection to see which maps are currently available on canvas.
Canvas old maps are an interesting alternative to conventionally framed maps. Depending on your personal taste and room decor, canvas maps can "pop" a bit more than a framed map.
I print on responsibly sourced canvas with very high quality, fade-resistant inks. Then the canvas is stretched over a hand-glued solid wood frame - and yes, the wood is responsibly and renewably sourced.
The finished piece is 1.5 inches (3.8cm) deep and comes ready to hang.
Please note that because of the texture of canvas, some of the finer details on some maps will be harder to read than a map printed on paper.
At 36x24 inches (90x60cm) everything should be legible. But if you want to check before you order, please contact me.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.