Matrimonial maps

From the end of the eighteenth century to the early twentieth, many maps were produced that were allegorical or emotional in nature. These included a significant number of 'matrimonial maps', which sought to visualise and chart the institution of marriage, usually through humour. The example below shows 'The Great Sea of Love', in which lie the isles of Perseverance and Obstinacy, as well as the wonderfully-named 'Floating Isles of Flattery'. Just north of the 'Shoals of Perplexity' are the 'Rocks of Jealousy', and for those foolish enough to venture to the far south south, there lies 'Divorce Island'.

To find out more about these matrimonial maps and to see more examples, click below.

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