This is a Case in the Places Gallery in M Shed

Used as a backdrop to the Places to Work display case is a map depicting a birds eye view of Bristol. This map shows an angled aerial view of Bristol from the south. Possibly observed from a hot air balloon. The print was originally produced by J Lavars, printers and publishers based in Bristol and operating from 1857 -1904! although research suggests they may have been operating much earlier. I'm unsure of the relationship between J Lavars and Edward C Lavars ( brothers / father son )

Web searches on both names attribute Edward C Lavars as the artist on other prints / images.


Birds Eye View of Bristol

Chromolithograph by Edward C Lavars 1887

copyright Bristol Museum & Art Gallery M3336

Further Information

Research of the Historical Directories of Special Collections Online (University of Leicester) revealed more information as to the type and location of J Lavars business.

Entry: Slaters (Issac) directory of N&S Wales 1880 (part 2 Shropshire, Monmouth, Bristol & Chester) pg322

Lavars, John. Lithographer, Engraver, Printer & Map Publisher. 51 Broad Street, Bristol. House: Broomcroft,

Apsley Park, Clifton.


Bristol Post Office Directory & Gazateer 1859 ( above right image - tap to expand)

John Lavars, 17 /18 Bridge Street.

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