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George III’s maps and views showing the war from North America to India

George Louis le Rouge (1707-93/4)

Siege of Yorktown, 1781

PLAN / de l’Armée de Cornwallis / attaquée et faitte Prisoniere / dans YORK TOWN, le 19 8bre / par l’Armée Combinée / Francaise et Americaine 1781

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand-coloured | Scale: 1:15,000 approx. | RCIN 734070.a

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A map of Yorktown, besieged by the French and Americans commanded by General George Washington (1732-99) and Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), and surrendered by the British, commanded by Lieutenant-General Lord Charles Cornwallis (1738-1805). American War of Independence (1775-83). Oriented with north-west to top.

  • George Louis le Rouge (1707-93/4) (publisher) [bottom left, below title:] Dessiné sur les Lieux par les / Ingenieurs de l’Armée. A PARIS / Chez le Rouge Rue des Grands Augustins / x.bre 1781.

  • Watermark: Two names, one above the other: T [followed by a device shaped like an ice cream cone with a cross on top:] DUPUY FIN / AUVERGNE 1742; countermark: a bunch of grapes.

    Condition: two fold lines; a small rectangle has been cut out, top left, and filled in with a piece of pale blue paper pasted to the verso. Verso: slight surface dirt; induced discolouration

  • Scale: 1:15,000 approx. Scale bar [26 mm =] 200 Toises.

    31.2 x 39.2 cm (neatline)

    31.6 x 39.6 cm (image)

    32.7 x 40.8 cm (platemark)

    34.9 x 43.5 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN / de l’Armée de Cornwallis / attaquée et faitte Prisoniere / dans YORK TOWN, le 19 8bre / par l’Armée Combinée / Francaise et Americaine. [bottom left]

    Additional text:

    [top right, an explanation of the colours and a key, A, B, to Redoubts:] Legende [bottom right, a continuation of the key, C-G.]


    George III heading: York 19 Oct. 1781.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    York Plan de l’Armée de Cornwallis attaqué et faite prisonniere dans York Town, le 19 1781; par l’Armée combinée Francoise et Americaine: chez le Rouge, 1781.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Yorktown, Virginia, USA (37°14'19"N 76°30'34"W)

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