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Antique map colouring has been our passion for over 30 years.  Our background in antique maps and prints dates from the late 1970’s, since when we have viewed and dealt with maps from all periods and in every aspect; from buying and selling, to colouring, mounting and framing them.

For many years we were involved with, and later ran, Magna Gallery in Oxford High Street where we exclusively specialized in these items, which if not in contemporary colouring were invariably coloured by ourselves. We cannot over-emphasize the importance of our own personal, professional and reliable experience in the field. For that reason we never employ “out-workers”: All the colouring is done entirely by the two of us. Consequently we are also aware  that there are some maps that should not be coloured, were never coloured in the period and were never intended to be  coloured. We are always happy to discuss this aspect of map colouring.

We have coloured for many leading map specialists as well as for private collectors, whether casual or more serious: If required, we are able to offer references from any of these. Many maps have unquestionably been spoilt and devalued by inappropriate colouring in unskilled hands over the years. We feel strongly that our wealth of experience allows us to avoid this by giving us clear insight into the correct historical style required by each map or print.

In the past we have been fortunate enough to work with items ranging from the 1570’s to the 1870’s, from £10 in value to £10,000 and from miniatures to wall maps.  Just a few examples of our colouring are illustrated here (please view our “Photo Gallery”).

We are now based in rural Wales, just over the border from N. W. Herefordshire.
Please view our “Contact” tab for quotes and any enquiries.

Marilyn Beese                    Martin Blant