Beautiful Geography: The Pictorial Maps of Ruth Taylor White

TitleBeautiful Geography: The Pictorial Maps of Ruth Taylor White
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsGriffin, Dori
JournalImago Mundi
Volume69
Issue2
Pagination233 - 247
Date Published06/2017
Abstract

This paper explores the career of Ruth Taylor White, an American cartographic illustrator who published a significant number of pictorial maps from the 1920s into the 1940s. Taylor White’s ‘cartographs’ (as she called them) were characterized by her signature bobble-headed cartoon characters who romped through colourful, attractive landscapes. These visually rich and highly narrative maps simultaneously strove for accuracy and engaged in profound stereotyping with regard to culture, race, gender and class. They reveal not only the aesthetic and conceptual preferences of their maker but also the cultural biases of their middle-class, white American audience. 

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