McAllister's New Map of Michigan, circa 1840

Joseph McAllister's avatar Joseph McAllister

I create what I like to call "historically-accurate fantasy maps". Everything that you see in the map--theorized bays, erroneously plotted rivers, misplaced towns, defunct towns and counties, even the poorly surveyed shoreline of Lake Michigan--is historically correct. This particular wall map fuses elements from five antique maps, ranging in dates from 1833 to 1845, with information from state senate meetings held in 1840. The focus of the map is an interesting and often overlooked event in Michigan's history--the replotting of Michilimackinac County into nearly thirty smaller counties, most with short-lived, pseudo-Native American names. More detailed information about this will be hung near the map. The map was free-drawn (no projecting, tracing, etc...) and colored by hand using a palette of colors accurate to the mid-19th century. It was then mounted to canvas, finished, aged accordingly and rollers were applied. As a side note, I did the framing myself, too.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1"
  • Medium: Pen and Ink
  • Width: 37 3/4"
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 44 1/4"