Richard Jarman (born 1807, London, England; died 1877, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia) was an artist, map-maker, and engraver who was active in London prior to 1857 and in Tasmania between 1857 and the 1870s.
Career in England
Jarman was born in 1807 in Whitechapel, in London's East End, the son of Robert Jarman, a carpenter, and Amelia Dede. He married Ann Bouchier (or Busher) in 1830. By the 1850s, Jarman had become a successful London map-maker and engraver working from premises in St. Bartholomew's Close in the City of London. His most significant work during this time was "The Collins' Illustrated Atlas of London", published in 1854 and described by Prof. H. J. Dyos in his introduction to the 1973 re-publication as the first pocket city map of London.
Career in Tasmania
In 1857, he emigrated to Tasmania with his wife and children. There, he drew one of the earliest maps of Hobart Town (see image to right) and became known for his engraved views of Hobart, the original coat of arms of the city, and Crown seals and bank cheques for the Post Office. He also made plates for commercial advertisements. In 1866 Jarman won a special award at the Melbourne Inter-Colonial Exhibition for his copper-plate and steel engravings.
His sons, Owen, Alfred and Edwin, followed him into map-making and engraving. Owen Jarman was in business as a commercial engraver in Launceston, Tasmania in the 1890s. Alfred Jarman moved to Christchurch, New Zealand and became a map draughtsman and surveyor in the New Zealand Lands Department. Edwin Jarman, who had not emigrated to Tasmania with his father, left England for Cape Town, South Africa in 1861 where he established himself as an engraver.
- "More Old Tasmanian Prints. A companion volume to the Engravers of Van Diemens Land and Old Tasmanian Prints", C.Craig (ed.), Foot & Playsted, Launceston, 1984, p.311. ISBN 0-9599873-4-7
- Introduction by Prof.Harold James Dyos to "Collins' Illustrated Atlas of London", 1973 edition, Leicester University Press, p. 10. ISBN 0-7185-5012-9
- "More Old Tasmanian Prints. A companion volume to the Engravers of Van Diemens Land and Old Tasmanian Prints", C. Craig (ed.), Foot & Playsted, Launceston, 1984, pp.311-312. ISBN 0-9599873-4-7
- "The Dictionary of Australian Artists, Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870", J.Kerr (ed.), Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1992, p.399. ISBN 0-19-553290-2
- "More Old Tasmanian Prints. A companion volume to the Engravers of Van Diemens Land and Old Tasmanian Prints", C.Craig (ed.), Foot & Playsted, Launceston, 1984, p.312. ISBN 0-9599873-4-7