Dighton's caricature of map of Scotland
By DIGHTON, Robert , 1795

Geography Bewitched! Or a Droll caricature of Map of Scotland.

British Isles Scotland
  • Author: DIGHTON, Robert
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Printed for Bowles & Carver, No.69 St. Paul's Church Yard
  • Publication date: c1795
  • Physical description: Hand-coloured engraved caricature map.
  • Dimensions: 170 by 210mm (6.75 by 8.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1364


This humorous map is part of the series of cartographic caricatures – including England and Wales, and Ireland – which Robert Deighton produced in the late eighteenth century. It depicts Scotland as a merry gent, who sits on a wool sack carrying a tartan sack over his shoulder. To the bottom right is a thistle, the national symbol of Scotland.

The map like much of Dighton’s caricatures would be published as a print by Carrington Bowles (fl.1752-1793). Carington Bowles worked initially with his father, John Bowles, before leaving to take over his uncle Thomas Bowles (II)’s business, circa 1762. Carington Bowles was one of the most active mapsellers and publishers of his day in London. His business was continued by his some Henry Carington Bowles who, in partnership with Samuel Carver, continued to publish maps and prints well into the nineteenth century.