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

Abraham Verhoeven II (1575-1652)

Siege of Breda, 1624

Disegno di BREDA assediata dal Marchese Spinola alli 27 d'Agosto i624 – resa a patti a li 5. di giunio i625 c.1625

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt to top and right edge | 23.4 x 34.3 cm (image) | RCIN 722013

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A middle-high oblique view of the early stages of the siege of Breda, defended by Justinus van Nassau (1559-1631), carried on by the Spanish army, commanded by Ambrogio Spinola 1st Marquis of the Balbases (1569-25 September 1630) between 28 August 1624 and 5 June 1625 resulting in a Spanish victory. Eighty Years War (1568-1648). Oriented with east-south-east to top.

The coat of arms of Girolamo Grimaldi-Cavalleroni (1597-1685) are top left.

Printed from the same copperplate as RCIN 722012 but with the addition of a title.

  • Abraham Verhoeven II (1575-1652) (printmaker) (first printmaker)

    Giovanni Orlandi (active 1590-1646) (printmaker) (re-engraved and printed by Giovanni Orlandi)

  • Watermark: Indistinct device in a shield

    Condition: one fold line; brown discolouration; surface dirt to both sides. Verso: what appear to be brush marks

     

  • 22.8 x 34.3 cm (neatline)

    23.4 x 34.3 cm (image)

    24.2 x 35.6 cm (platemark and sheet)

    25.6 x 39.7 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Disegno di BREDA assediata dal Marchese Spinola alli 27 d'Agosto i624 – resa a patti a li 5. di giunio i625. [across top of map]

    Dedication:

    [top left, in cartouche with coat of arms of Girolamo Grimaldo:] Al’ Ill.mo et Ecc.mo sig.re et Prón Col.mo / Il sig.r Girolamo Grimaldo Précipe di Gerace / Gio: Orlando D.D.D.

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, in a rectangular panel, a key, 1-6 and A to the principal structures in the city and to one of the forts.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Breda 1624, 25.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 1624. (Verso) [left of centre, red pencl:] 1/139; [left of centre and bottom left, black pencil:] I/143.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Breda Disegno di Breda assediata dal Marchese Spinola alli 27 d’Agosto 1624, resa a patti a li 5 di Giunio 1625. [Another copy of D.o [i.e. RCIN 722012] with the title ]

  • From the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-22 October 1657); inherited by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-1689); sold by Carlo Antonio’s grandson to Clement XI, 1703; acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Albani by 1714, from whom purchased by George III in 1762

  • Subject(s)

    Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands (51°35'11"N 04°46'33"E)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    M. McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2848

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