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These Funny Maps From 1868 Prove Why Anything Is Possible For An Artist

Published on 29 June, 2014 at 11:00 pm By

Dr. William Harvey (not to be mistaken for the English physician) made funny maps of major European nations of the late 19th century depicting them as humans, dressed in their national costume. It was 1868 and the then European leaders became the models for their respective country’s map. The result was hilarious but, from a different outlook, establishes that anything is possible for an artist, including giving maps a human form.

1. Wales


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Wales

2. Holland and Belgium

Holland and Belgium

3. Germany

Germany

4. Prussia

Prussia

5. Italy

Italy

6. Scotland

Scotland

7. England



England

8. Russia

Russia

9. Denmark

Denmark

10. Spain and Portugal

Spain and Portugal

11. France

France

12. Ireland

Ireland


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For more of these, visit Norman B. Leventhal Map Center’s Flickr account.

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