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American War of Independence (1775-83)

George III’s maps and views showing the development of the war at home and abroad, from North America to India


Encampment at Portsmouth 1778



Pencil, pen, black and red ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:16,000 approx. | RCIN 734039

A map of the encampments at Portsmouth, June-20 October 1778. American War of Independence (1775-83). Oriented with north to top.

This appears to be a rough sketch for RCIN 712566. The encamped militia regiments, with the colours of their facings in parentheses, were: Westminster (blue; camped behind the lines at Gosport); Huntingdonshire (black); Buckinghamshire (black; both camped on Southsea Common).

Condition: one fold line.
  • Robert Johnstone (active 1778-9) (draughtsman) [bottom right, inside neatline:] R. Johnstone.

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

    Mark, stamped: 982

    Condition: one fold line

  • Scale: not stated. 1:16,000 approx.

    34.0 x 38.1 cm (image and neatline)

    44.2 x 53.1 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Sketch of the ENCAMPMENTS at PORT.SMOUTH [top right]


    George III heading: Encampments at Portsmouth under the command of the Hon.ble L.t G.l Monckton from June to 20th Oct. 1778.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, below title, black pencil in late eighteenth- or early nineteenth-century hand:] under the command of the Hon.ble L.t G.l Monckton from June to Oct.r 1778. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampment A drawn Plan of the Encampments at Portsmouth under the command of General Monckton from June to the Oct.r 1778: by R. Johnstone. [The same entry appears under the heading Portsmouth.]

  • Subject(s)

    Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK (50°47'27"N 01°06'07"W)

Page revisions

  • 14 March 2024