Guyana antique map. Antique map of Guyana showing British Guiana, French Guiana and Dutch Guiana, published c.1863 in the Weekly Dispatch Atlas, 139 Fleet Street. Drawn & Engraved by J. W. Lowry. Lithographed by Edward Weller, F.R.G.S. Printed by Day & Son Lithographers to The Queen. Paper measures approx. 19 x 13.25 inches.
Joseph Wilson Lowry (1803-1879) was an English engraver. He was the son of Wilson Lowry and his second wife Rebecca Delvalle and was born on 7 October 1803. He was trained by his father and from both parents inherited a taste for science and mathematics; in his work he specialised in scientific subjects. He died, unmarried, at his residence, Robert Street, Hampstead Road, London, on 15 June 1879.
Lithography (from Ancient Greek λίθος, lithos, meaning ‘stone’, and γράφειν, graphein, meaning ‘to write’) is a method of printing originally based on the immiscibility of oil and water. The printing is from a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a ball grained surface. It was invented in 1796 by German author and actor Alois Senefelder as a cheap method of publishing theatrical works. Lithography can be used to print text or artwork onto paper or other suitable material.