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Andrew Dury (active 1754-77)

Boston, 1775

A PLAN / OF / BOSTON / and its ENVIRONS. / shewing the true SITUATION of / HIS MAJESTY’S ARMY. / AND ALSO THOSE OF THE / REBELS published 1776

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; hand coloured | Scale: 1:15,182 approx. | RCIN 734012

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A map of Boston and environs showing the positions of the British and Rebel armies in 1775. American War of Independence (1775-83). Oriented with north-west to top.

The Richard Williams who is referred to as the surveyor of the principal part of this plan does not appear in Conolly's List of the Corps of Royal Engineers. Since this printed plan bears a remarkable resemblance, in detail and outline to the large-scale plan at RCIN 734010, it is a possibility that Williams was partly responsible for that also.

  • Andrew Dury (active 1754-77) (publisher) [bottom left, inside neatline:] LONDON. Publish’d as the Act directs, 12th March, 1776. by Andrew Dury, Duke’s Court, S.t Martin’s Lane.

    Richard Williams (1751-76) (surveyor) [top left, in plain rectangular cartouche:] TO THE PUBLIC / The principal part of this Plan was / Survey’d by Richard Williams, Lieutenant / at Boston – and sent over by the Son of / a Nobleman to his Father in Town, by / whose Permission it is Published. / NB. The Original has been compared / with – and Additions made from Several / other curious Drawings.

    Anonymous military engineer (draughtsman) [top right, below title:] Drawn by an Engineer at Boston. Oct.r 1775.

    John Lodge (d. 1796) (engraver) [bottom left, below edge of border:] Engrav’d by Jn.o Lodge from the Late M.r Jefferys Geographer to the KING.

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, the letters G R below; countermark: WF

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

  • Scale: 1:15,182 approx. Scale bar: [53 mm =] 880 Yards or Half a Mile.

    45.4 x 63.7 cm (neatline)

    45.8 x 64.2 cm (image)

    48.5 x 68.0 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    A PLAN / OF / BOSTON / and its ENVIRONS. / shewing the true SITUATION of / HIS MAJESTY’S ARMY. / AND ALSO THOSE OF THE / REBELS. [top right]

    Additional text:

    [right, below title, a key, A-I, K-M, to prominent buildings and places of military significance:] REFERENCE. [and:] EXPLANATION / The Works shaded Green shew those constructed / by His Majesty's Troops. / The Works shaded Yellow shew those thrown up / by the Rebels as they appear from Boston.


    George III heading: Boston 1775.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, black pencil, illegible word].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Boston A Plan of Boston and its Environs shewing the true situation of His Majesty’s Army, and also those of the Rebels in 1775; taken principally from a Survey by Lieut. Richard Williams, published by Dury, 1776.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Boston, Massachusetts, USA (42°21'30"N 71°03'35"W)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    K. Nebenzahl, A bibliography of printed battle plans of the American Revolution 1775-1795, Chicago and London 1975, no.16, p.12

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