Map of Australia, W Hughs London Virtue and Co.
Cartographer: Virtue, James, W. Hughes
Publisher: Virtue and Co London
Print size: 330 x 255mm
Technique: Quality Chromolithograph
Description: General Map of Australia
Cartographer : James Virtue
This original lithographic antique map the Colonies of Australia was published by James Virtue in 1900,
Virtue, George & James
George Virtue (1794 – 1868) was a 19th-century London publisher, well known for printing engravings. His publishing house was located at 26 Ivy Lane, Paternoster Row, London, E C
Virtue selected accomplished artists, employed the best engravers, and produced books that were rarely surpassed in elegance and correctness for the period.
Virtue created a prodigious business, issuing upwards of twenty thousand copper and steel engravings through his career
In 1848, Virtue purchased two magazines. One was an art publication, The Art Union, which had been founded in 1839 by Hodgson & Graves, then purchased in 1847 by Chapman & Hall. The second purchase was controlling interest in Sharpe's London Magazine, a literary and cultural magazine, Arthur Hall publisher. In 1849, Virtue renamed the art magazine The Art Journal and, in time, it became known as the premier art publication of Great Britain.
Also in 1849, he created a new firm with Arthur Hall called Arthur Hall, Virtue & Co
James Sprent Virtue (1829 – 1892) inherited the publishing business from his father, George, after his retirement in 1855