Dudley Chase's map of Italy
By CHASE, Ernest Dudley , 1945

Italy with the Vatican...

Europe Italy
  • Author: CHASE, Ernest Dudley
  • Publication place: [Winchester]
  • Publisher: Ernest Dudley Chase
  • Publication date: c.1950
  • Physical description: Chromolithograph map, a few small marginal tears.
  • Dimensions: 630 by 480mm. (24.75 by 19 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2920


Dudley Chase’s map of Italy stretches from the Brenner Pass to the Sicily, and includes the Islands of Sardinia and Corsica. All major political baoundaries are marked, together with cities, rivers, and prominent landmarks. To the lower left is an inset birds eye view of Vatican City. Surrounding the map are vignettes of Italian landmarks, including the Ponte Vecchio, the Rialto Bridge, the Pantheon, and the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II.

Ernest Dudley Chase (1878-1966) was one of the most prolific of the mid-century mapmakers, publishing some fifty maps in the 1930s to the 1960s. His maps cover a broad range of geographical locations and varied topics including historical and current events, architecture, and technology. They typically incorporate large numbers of minutely rendered illustrations with explanatory captions that blend a scholarly approach with wit.