A look back at the 'Looking for the Longitude' journey

  • 27 July 2016

In Issue 2 of British Art Studies Dr. Katy Barrett sought to take readers on a digital journey investigating the 18th Century problem of finding a way to accurately measaure longitude at sea. Starting with an engraving from William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress Dr. Barrett then uses a variety of paper materials, including diagrams, drawings, conversations and even satirical cartoons to journey across London (with an interactive map) in order to 'Look for the Longitude'.

after William Hogarth, The Rake's Progress, ‘The Madhouse’ (detail), engraving

after William Hogarth, The Rake's Progress, ‘The Madhouse’ (detail), engraving,

Over the course of 11 days, the journey continued with commentary by a group of experts and formed a digital tour across London. The entire 'Looking for the Longitude' article is now published and available for free online here.

Dr. Barrett has written about her experience of putting together this ambitious project on The 18th-Century Common website which can be read here.