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Blodget London
Samuel Blodget. A Prospective View of the Battle Fought Near Lake George on the 8th of Septr. 1755, 1756
Courtesy Richard H. Brown
This unusual plan of the Battle of Lake George was published in London by Thomas Jefferys just months after the events depicted. It is based closely on a plan of similar title engraved in Boston by Thomas Johnston. Cartographic plagiarism was rampant during this era, and though Blodget is credited in the lower-left margin, it is not clear whether Jefferys had obtained his permission to republish the plan. Unlike almost all known examples, this one is remarkable for displaying original color.


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