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Robert Sayer (1725?-29 January 1794) and John Bennett (active 1774-83. d.1787)

Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775

A PLAN / of the / BATTLE, / on / BUNKERS HILL. / Fought on the of June 1775. / BY / an Officer on the Spot published 1775

Etching and engraving with letterpress text printed on the same sheet of paper; hand coloured | Scale: 1:11,495 approx. | RCIN 734015

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A map of the Battle of Bunker Hill, fought on 17 June 1775 between the British army, commanded by William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe (1729-1814), Commander-in-Chief, British forces, and the United Colonies of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, commanded by General Israel Putnam (1718-90), resulting in a British victory. American War of Independence (1775-83). Oriented with north to top. 

The letterpress text reproduces a letter written by General John Burgoyne (1722-92) to his nephew Edward Smith Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby (1752-1834).

  • Robert Sayer (1725?-29 January 1794) and John Bennett (active 1774-83. d.8 December 1787) (publisher) [bottom centre, between border and plate mark:] London. Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett N.o 53 in Fleet Street. as the Act directs 27 Nov.r 1775.

  • Watermark: Strasburg bend and lily, the letters G R below; countermark: W

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: offsetting; induced discolouration

  • Scale: 1:11,495 approx. Scale bar: [35 mm =] ¼ of a Mile.

    34.5 x 34.8 cm (neatline)

    48.3 x 35.2 cm (image)

    51.8 x 38.3 cm (sheet)

    35.2 x 35.0 cm (image of map)

    36.6 x 36.7 cm (platemark of map)

  • Printed title:

    A PLAN / of the / BATTLE, / on / BUNKERS HILL. / Fought on the of June 1775. / BY / an Officer on the Spot. [top right, in rectangular cartouche]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below map, letterpress, in three columns, a description of the action dated 25 June 1775:] The following Description of the Action near Boston, on the 17th of June, is taken from a Letter written by General Burgoyne to his Nephew Lord Stanley.


    George III heading: Battle of Bunker's Hill 17 June 1775.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Bunker's Hill A Plan of the Battle on Bunker’s Hill near Boston, fought on the of June 1775; with a Description of the Action: published by Sayer and Bennett, 1775.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Bunker Hill, Massachusetts, USA (42°22'04"N 71°033'39"W)

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