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T Gilbert (active 1778)

Encampment at Coxheath and Warley Common, 1778

An Accurate PLAN of the / ENCAMPMENTS, / on COX HEATH, and / WARLEY COMMON, / with a Perspective View of an Encampment / of one Regiment published 1778

Engraving and etching; printed on paper | 64.8 x 53.0 cm (image) | RCIN 734034.b

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A map of the encampments on Coxheath and Warley Common in 1778. American War of Independence (1775-83)

The diagrams of the regimental layout give the names of the colonels, lieutenant-colonels, and majors, together with the strength of each and the colour of the facings. The colours of some of these facings for the Warley Camp differ from those set out in Lawson: for example, the 6th Foot are here represented as buff instead of Lawson's deep yellow; the 25th Foot are green instead of deep yellow; 69th Foot, buff instead of willow green. The facings for the East Kent Militia are here described as 'Plain' (i.e. plain red, the same colour as the coat); according to Lawson they were changed to Kentish grey the following year, 1779.

  • T Gilbert (active 1778) (draughtsman) [bottom left, outside border:] T. Gilbert del.t

    Richard Marshall (active 1764-85) (publisher) [bottom centre, outside border:] Publish’d as the Act directs, Sep.t 19.th 1778, by R. Marshall, N.o 4 Aldermary Church Yard, London.

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: four fold lines; brown stains. Verso: ink smudges; surface dirt on outer fold lines and panels; remains of a blue paper mount or guard along left edge

  • 63.5 x 52.5 cm (neatline)

    64.8 x 53.0 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    65.3 x 53.4 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    An Accurate PLAN of the / ENCAMPMENTS, / on COX HEATH, and / WARLEY COMMON, / with a Perspective View of an Encampment / of one Regiment. [top left]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Encampments on Cox Heath and Warley Common, 1778.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [along bottom neatline of Warley Common plan, a makeshift scale bar [33 mm =] 80 poles. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampment An accurate Plan of the Encampments on Cox Heath and Warley Common: with a Perspective View of an Encampment of one Regiment: by T. Gilbert, 1778. [The same entry appears under the headings Cox Heath and Warley.]

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

  • Subject(s)

    Coxheath, Kent, UK (51°14'03"N 00°29'34"E)

    Great Warley Street, Essex, UK (51°35'34"N 00°17'03"E)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    C.P. Lawson, A history of the uniforms of the British army, vol.III, London 1961, reprinted 1974, p.91

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