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

Johannes Baptista Vrints (1552-1612)

Siege of Ostend, 1603-1604

VRAYE DELINEATION DE LA VILLE / D’OSTENDE, ASSIEGÉE PAR LE / SERENIS. PRINCE ALBERTVS / ARCHIDVCQ D’AVSTRIE, DVC DE / BRABANT, CONTE DE FLANDRES, &c. / FAICTE PAR LES INGENIEVRS DV DICT / ARCHID. &c. LE 10... 26 Jan 1604

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges top, right and bottom | 37.6 x 45.0 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 721114

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A high oblique view of the siege of Ostend by the Spanish army of Flanders, commanded by Albert VII, Archduke of Austria (13 November 1559-13 July 1621) governor of the Spanish Netherlands and General Ambrogio Spínola Doria (1659-25 September 1630), defended from 1601 to March 1602 by Sir Francis Vere (c.1560-18 August 1609) 5 July 1601-22 September 1604. The Eighty Years War (Dutch War of Independence) (1568-1648). Oriented with north-north-west to top (compass rose).

See the notes to RCINs 721112 and 721113.

This print is an earlier state of the examples listed under RCIN 721113; there are considerable differences of detail between this and the later states.

  • Johannes Baptista Vrints (active 1575-d.1610) (publisher) [bottom right:] EN ANVERS, / Chez Iehan Baptista Vrints, / ruë dicte, la Lombarde-veste, / a l’enseigne de l’Escu d’Espaigne.

     

  • Watermark: Horn in shield. On backing sheet: three circles, top with a crown above and a cross within, the second circle contains the letters T G, the third circle indistinct [similar to Heawood 253].

    Condition: eight fold lines; formerly folded to 15.0 x 7.9 cm; very worn along folds; laid down on two pieces of paper before being mounted on paper. Verso: remains of old guard along of top edge; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept above and below this map/print in a different collection are present on the recto and verso

  • 34.2 x 44.7 cm (neatline)

    37.6 x 45.0 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    40.7 x 54.6 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    VRAYE DELINEATION DE LA VILLE / D’OSTENDE, ASSIEGÉE PAR LE / SERENIS. PRINCE ALBERTVS / ARCHIDVCQ D’AVSTRIE, DVC DE / BRABANT, CONTE DE FLANDRES, &c. / FAICTE PAR LES INGENIEVRS DV DICT / ARCHID. &c. LE 10. DE IVLLET L’AN 1603. [top left, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top right, in rectangular panel:] Anno 1604. le 26. de Ianuier. / EXPLICATION DES NOVVEAVX OVVRAGES TANT DE LA PART / DE SON ALTEZZE SEREME. QVE DE LA PART DE L’ENNEMI. [Followed by a key, a-f.] [Across bottom of map, three columns of text:] [1; a key, 1-22:] Declaration des parties du Camp, vers le quartier de S.t Albert. [2; a key, A-I, K-T, V:] Declaration des bouleuarts forts, et redouttes de la ville. [3; a key, 1-17:] Declaration des parties du Camp, vers le quartier du Comte de Bucquoy.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Ostend besieged by the Archduke Albert and the Marquis de Spinola from the 25.th of June 1601 to the 10.th of Sep.r 1604.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil:] 1603. (Verso) [bottom right, red pencil:] 1/108; [bottom right, black pencil:] I/112b.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Ostend Vraye Delineation de la Ville d’Ostende assiegée par le Prince Albertus Archiduc d’Austrie, faicte par les Ingenieurs du dict Archiduc le 10 de Juillet 1603: chez I.B. Vrints.

     

     

    Ostend Vraye Delineation de la Ville d’Ostende assiegée par le Prince Albertus Archiduc d’Austrie, faicte par les Ingenieurs du dict Archiduc le 10 de Juillet 1603: chez I.B. Vrints.

  • 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)

    Oostende, Flanders, Belgium (51°13'24"N 02°54'42"E)

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