Ref: John013, 1875, W. & A.K.Johnston
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W. & A.K. Johnston was a highly successful map publishing, printing and engraving company during the Nineteenth century. Along with his brother William (1802 - 1888), Alexander Keith Johnston (1804 - 1871), a Scottish geographer, son of Andrew Johnston and Isabel Keith, formed the well known cartographical firm in 1826.
Co-founders of W. & A.K.Johnston, Alexander was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1849 and in 1862 he was a founding member of the Meteorological Society of Scotland. William was elected Lord Provost of Edinburgh in 1848. Perhaps one of their most famous achievements was that of the first physical globe, which won them a number of awards at The Great Exhibition of 1851. The globe making aspect of their business continued well in to the twentieth century and their services were recognised by the leading scientific societies on both sides of the Atlantic.
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We make our own frames from moulding hand finished in our workshops. The standard finish is a distressed black with a gold slip inserted for the larger maps.
We finish the moulding in two other colours, Antique Red and Antique Green. These colours can be used on any of our prints or maps, both reproductions and originals, but have been chosen specifically to suit some of the antique prints and illustrations.
Some of the maps are very big so for weight, shipping and safety reasons we use 3mm acrylic as the glazing material.