Old Maps Collection
Plan de la ville de Macao, et de ses environs aux Portugais
Vue de la ville de Macao.
Vue de la bouche du tygre.
Lafitte de Brassier, Louis François Grégoire, 1745-17--, cartographer
JPEG 2000, 12266 x 9070, 18MB
[ca. 1:8,500] (E 113°35' / N 22°16').
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
64 x 87 cm, on sheet 66 x 90 cm
"Vue de la ville de Macao" ; "Vue de la bouche du Tygre"
This map is formed by a big main plan of the city of Macau with two insets at the bottom of the side view of said city and of the mouth of the Tiger. From 1781 to 1785, Lafitte -a colonial engineer officer who became a geographer in 1786- drew three watercolors of Macau. On this particular one, for the big plan it can be seen Macau depicted as a peninsula with the Border Gate up north separating the 'Westerners territory' just as the legend states. The main focus is clearly military with the soundings and all the forts correctly positioned and identified in the legends as well as all the strategic places where are located the sets of artillery pieces. The drawing of the city, the streets and buildings, are depicted in detail -14 churches are marked with cross symbols- in a geometric setting, common use in plans. The terrain is drawn with watercolor shades to express the relief completed with drawings of trees and fields. On Chinese territory the farmlands and villages are also accurately drawn.
Inset 1: Vue de la ville de Macao. - 5 x 58 cm. -- Inset 2: Vue de la bouche du tygre. - 5 x 28 cm.
Original is a manuscript watercolor, 75 x 102 cm.
At the head of the tittle on the left upper corner of the map it is written 'Chine'.
The only compass rose on the map is 16-point, colored black and white and has a fleur-de-lis indicating north. On water it can be seen 13 vessels, on the main map there are 8 ships and 3 junks and 2 western ships on each one of the insets.
One oblique scale line, in black and white interchangeably, on the fold effect of the paper at the left upper corner of the map.
Relief shown pictorially, with form lines and shading. Bathymetric relief is shown by soundings.
Map outlined in double fillet.
Macao and its surroundings.
City plans of Macao.
Macao (China) -- Maps
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Provenance Call No.:
GE SH 18 PF 179 DIV 12 P 3/2