Title: Charlottetown, 1991 Artist: Sharon Bowser Publisher: Innovative Publishing Description: Vintage pictorial or poster map. Page measures 37 x 28” (94.0 x 71.1 cm). Shows edge wear, creasing, small damp stain, and short closed tear.
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Pictorial maps depict a given territory with a more artistic rather than technical style. The cartography often uses a 3-D perspective landscape and graphics enlivened with illustrations of buildings, people and animals. They can feature all sorts of varied topics like historical events, legendary figures or local agricultural products and cover anything from an entire continent to a college campus. Drawn by specialized artists and illustrators, pictorial maps are a rich, centuries-old tradition and a diverse art form that ranges from cartoon maps on restaurant placemats to treasured art prints in museums. With an emphasis on objects and style, these maps cover an artistic spectrum from childlike caricature to spectacular landscape graphic with the better ones being attractive, informative and highly accurate. Pictorial maps are also known as illustrated maps, panoramic maps, perspective maps, bird’s-eye view maps, and geopictorial maps.