Proto-Surrealist, handy object.

Glove Map of London, 1851

Glove map of London, 1851, by George Shove. Printed map on leather.

Have you ever jotted down directions on the palm of your hand, for lack of a piece of paper? This glove map of London, created by George Shove to help organise the sprawling grounds for visitors to the Great Exhibition of 1851, would be the more sophisticated version of a hand sketch. The Exposition’s Crystal Palace is near the base of the palm, St. Paul’s Cathedral across two fingers and Kensington Gardens near the wrist.

Currently on display in the exhibition Maps: Finding Our Place in the World at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.


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