10 facts about Peter Perez Burdett

By Gwylym Owen

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Peter Perez Burdett (c. 1734 – 9 September 1793) was an 18th-century cartographer, surveyor, artist, and draughtsman originally from Eastwood in Essex where he inherited a little estate and the name Perez from his maternal grandfather who was the clergyman there. He would have been notable just for his many appearances in Joseph Wright’s pictures but he was also lively with numerous projects including surveying the route for one of the major projects of the industrial revolution, the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, in 1769. He has been described as “if not in the centre at least in the penumbra of the Lunar Society of Birmingham”. He spent the last years of his moving picture in Karlsruhe, avoiding debtors, but yet active in German society. His German daughter married a Count.

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