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William Faden (1749-1836)

Long Island, New York and Staten Island, 1776

A PLAN of NEW YORK ISLAND, with part of LONG ISLAND, STATEN ISLAND & EAST NEW JERSEY, with a particular Description / of the ENGAGEMENT on the Woody Heights of Long Island, between FLATBUSH and... published 1776

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand coloured | Scale: 1:83,241 approx. | RCIN 734021

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A map of New York Island, part of Long Island and East New Jersey and the Battle of Long Island, fought on 27 August 1776 between the army of the United States, commanded by General George Washington (1732-99) and the British army, commanded by William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe (1729-1814) resulting in a British victory. American War of Independence (1775-83). Oriented with north to top.

The Battle of Long Island was also known as the Battle of Brooklyn, or the Battle of Brooklyn Heights. It was the first major battle to follow the Declaration of Independence. A 20,000-strong army of British troops and Hessian mercenaries defeated the 10,000 Rebels.

  • William Faden (1749-1836) (engraver and publisher) [bottom centre, below title:] Engraved & Publish’d according to Act of Parliament Oct.r 19.th 1776. by W.m Faden, successor to the late M.r T.s Jefferys. Geographer to the King, Charing Cross, LONDON.

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

    Condition: one fold line; creased; induced discolouration to both sides

  • Scale: 1:83,241 approx. Scale bar: [58 mm =] 3 Miles.

    47.2 x 42.1 cm (neatline)

    51.1 x 43.1 cm (image)

    52.5 x 44.2 cm (platemark)

    55.1 x 47.0 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    A PLAN of NEW YORK ISLAND, with part of LONG ISLAND, STATEN ISLAND & EAST NEW JERSEY, with a particular Description / of the ENGAGEMENT on the Woody Heights of Long Island, between FLATBUSH and BROOKLYN, on the 27.th of August 1776. / between HIS MAJESTY’S FORCES Commanded by General HOWE and the AMERICANS under Major General PUTNAM, with the subsequent / Disposition of both ARMIES. [bottom, below map]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, in rectangular cartouche, a key, A-I, K-Q, to the principal troop dispositions:] References to the Battle on Long Island.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Battle on Long Island 27 Aug. 1776.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom left, red pencil, cropped:] 14. (Verso) [right of centre, black pencil, erased and partly illegible:] Battle [?].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Long Island A Plan of New York Island, with part of Long Island, Staten Island and East New Jersey: with a particular Description of the Engagement on the woody heights of Long Island, between Flatbush and Brooklyn on the 27.th of August 1776: between His Majesty’s Forces commanded by General Howe, and the Americans under Major General Putnam: with the subsequent disposition of both Armies: published by Faden, 1776.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Long Island, New York, USA (40°49'00"N 73°03'58"W)

    New York, NY state, USA (40°42'51"N 74°00'21"W)

    Staten Island, New York, USA (40°33'44"N 74°08'23"W)

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