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Eighty Years War (Dutch War of Independence) (1568-1648)

Contemporary prints and maps of the battles and sieges of the Eighty Years War


Map of Gennep, 1641 (Gennep, Limburg, Netherlands) 51°41ʹ54ʺN 05°58ʹ25ʺE

published 1641

Etching and engraving; printed from two copperplates on two sheets of paper, joined; laid down on thin card | Scale: 1:5,600 approx. | RCIN 723003

A map of Gennep, defended by the Irish soldier in the Spanish service, Thomas Preston, 1st Viscount Tara (1585-1655) besieged by Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (29 January 1584-14 March 1647) on 8 June and taken by him on 27 July 1641. Eighty Years War (1568-1648). Oriented with west-south-west to top (cardinal points).

This is another example of RCIN 723002 but with an additional piece which extends the geographical coverage of the area to the south-east of Gennep and includes a small-scale map inset printed from a separate copperplate and pasted to the left edge of the map. A fisherman (a play on the printmaker’s name Visscher) is depicted above the inset, holding fishing rods and an alidade.

  • Nicholaes Renaud (fl.1641) (draughtsman) [bottom left, below scale bar:] S.r Renaudus Delineavit. A.o 1641.

    Claes Jansz Visscher II (c.1587-1652) (printmaker) [bottom left below inset:] Gedruckt bÿ Claes Ianss. Visscher. [bottom centre:] CJVisscher Excudit.


  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: five fold lines

  • Scale: 1:5,600 approx. Scale bar: Scale van vyf hondert Passen [72 mm =] 500.

    40.1 x 66.2 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    41.8 x 67.9 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Nobilissimis ac Præpotentibus Fœderatarum / Belgij Provinciarum / ORDINIBUS GENERALIBUS / Nec non Illustrissimo ac belli laudibus clarissimo / HENRICO FREDERICO, / Principi Arausiorum, Comiti Nassaviæ etc, Duci exercitus Generali, hanc / ARCIS GENNIPPENSIS / oppugnatæ atque expugnatæ tabulam humillimé offert dedicatque / Nicolaus Ioannis Visscher. [top right, in rectangular panel]


    [bottom left, a small-scale map of the country to each side of the River Maas between Venlo and Grave and from Nijmegen on the River Waal to just east of Rees on the River Rhine.] Scale: 1:45,000 approx. Scale bar: Duytse Mÿlen van 15 in een Graedt [67 mm = 3]. Size: 14.4 x 13.8 cm (neatline); 15.3 x 14.2 cm (image).


    George III heading: Gennep 8 June – 27 July 1641.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Gennep Another copy of D.o [i.e., RCIN 723002.a] with the addition of a small Map of the Environs of Gennep.

  • Subject(s)

    Gennep (Limburg, Netherlands) 51°41ʹ54ʺN 05°58ʹ25ʺE

Page revisions

  • 25 May 2024