John Chapman was one of a cadre of surveyors who introduced new standards of scientific surveying and participated in a transformation of 18th century map-making. His map of Nottinghamshire stands out as one of the best examples of the new county maps, topographically detailed, artistically drawn, expertly engraved and pleasingly decorative. Using very limited primary evidence and by drawing parallels with Chapman’s other maps and the maps of other counties, this dissertation has re-constructed an interesting and plausible life-story for the Nottinghamshire map and provided answers to all of the questions posed in the Introduction. In the process new pieces of evidence have emerged from the archives particularly in relation to the genesis of the map. The abortive survey by Jefferys and in particular the intriguing involvement of Richard Kaye, are singular features of the Nottinghamshire map and merit further investigation. As well as telling the story of this map, the dissertation has also highlighted broader issues which point to areas of further research and these are summarised in Appendix 5.
Chapman was unique among his contemporaries combining the roles of surveyor, artist, engraver and publisher. His capabilities were acknowledged by the contemporary commentator Richard Gough, and the Nottinghamshire map is a fitting testament to his scientific and artistic skills.