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View of Cape Egmont and winter Rock from the eastward

Individual sheets of coastal views appear throughout The Atlantic Neptune. Landfall and headland views, like those displayed here, were intended to give mariners a sea-view of the harbor and coastline, and were used in conjunction with charts of the corresponding area. By comparison, the central, circular view of the Falls of Hinchinbroke River … was not intended for navigational use like coastal profiles, but was simply an artistic representation of an inland landmark, named in honor of a patron. The lower view of Halifax Harbour is another example of an artistic depiction of a port, of which numerous examples can be found throughout the Neptune.

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  • Boston Public Library
  • 1777
  • English
  • Hand Coloring
  • Printed
  • Views
  • Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres

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