|William & Thomas Marriott Bardin — This New British Terrestrial Globe...|
|This New British Terrestrial Globe...
Published: London by W.&S. Jones circa 1790-1800
Dimensions: Height (in stand) 45 in.; diameter 24 in
George II Terrestrial Globe
The Bardin Family was one of the greatest British globe makers of the late eighteenth to early nineteenth centuries. The firm was established by William Bardin (1740-1803) around 1780 where he collaborated with Gabriel Wright, producing 9 to 12 in. diameter globes. Their partnership ended around 1794/5, and the Bardin firm moved from Hind Court to 16 Salisbury Square, on the opposite end of Fleet Street.
After a seven year apprenticeship, William Bardin was joined by his son, Thomas Marriott Bardin (1768-1819) in 1790, and together they collaborated with the firm W.&S .Jones. The father-son team went on to produce their line of “New British Globes”, which included orbs that measured to 18 inches. The company was later assumed by Thomas Marriot’s daughter Elizabeth Marriott and her husband Samuel Sabine.
The featured globe is characteristic of the terrestrial globes of William and Thomas Marriott. It is prominently dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks, then President of the Royal Society. Its inscription states that it is done after the delineations of Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823), the founding member of the Arrowsmith family of cartographers, whose carefully executed maps earned them an extensive reputation. The inscription also states the globe features the route of Captain Cook in his voyages around the world.