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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


Siege of Maastricht, 1632

[No title; the name ‘Maestricht’ is written to the blank space enclosed by drawn town walls.]

1632 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour and gilt on paper; mounted on paper; gilt edges to top, left, bottom and right | Scale: 1:25,000 approx. | RCIN 722064

A high oblique view of the siege and capture of Spanish-held Maastricht from 9 June to 22 August 1632 by Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (29 January 1584-14 March 1647). Eighty Years War (1568-1649). Oriented with east-north-east to top.

This view/map shows Maastricht's high medieval walls, with its numerous towers and occasional earth bastions and demi-lunes, surrounded by Frederick Henry's lines of circumvallation and strongly reinforced line of contravallation. The Dutch flag is planted all along the lines at strategic points.

  • Anonymous (printmaker)

  • Watermark: Map: a bunch of grapes; countermark, indistinct: small cartouche, letters within. Mount: cropped; maltese cross inside chaplet; countermark: letters and symbols in rectangular frame: C, quatrefoil, P, heart, G.

  • Scale: 1:25,000 approx. Scale bar, in elaborate cartouche tr: Echelle de 500 verges D’Hollande qui font un quart de lieu D’Allemaigne [74 mm =].

    34.5 x 43.9 cm (neatline)

    35.3 x 44.7 cm (image)

    35.6 x 45.1 cm (sheet)

    49.3 x 69.0 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    [No title; the name ‘Maestricht’ is written to the blank space enclosed by drawn town walls.]


    George III heading: Maestricht besieged by Prince Henry of Orange in 1632.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top centre, red pencil:] millitary [sic]; [top right, ink:] 2; [right of centre, black pencil:] 7 [and] 40; [bottom right, partly erased and illegible, black pencil:] … by … Henry …

    George III catalogue entry:

    Maestricht A drawn Plan of the Siege of Maestricht by Prince Henry of Orange in 1632.

  • Subject(s)

    Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands (50°50'54"N 05°41'20"E)

Page revisions

  • 14 March 2024