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14 November 2012

Links with OS past

Today I was visited by Neill and Anna Hill.  Anna is the descendant of Robert Dawson through her mother while her father was the last director of OS when it was still entirely staffed by the military!  I showed her one Ordnance Surveyors' Drawing drawn by Dawson showing the countryside around Stratford on Avon and another showing Snowdonia in 1816.  The latter is regarded by some as his masterpiece because of his sensitive rendering of the mountain peaks - a sensitivity which many have linked to the romanticism of the period and thus a cartographic equivalent of the poems of Wordsworth and the paintings of Turner.