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

? Matthäus Merian I (1593-1650)

Wesel, 1629 c.1633

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B) | Scale: 1:8,000 approx. | RCIN 722049

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A high oblique view and map of the surprise attack on, and taking of Wesel on 19 August 1629 by Dutch troops under the Dutch governor of Emmerich, Otto van Ghent (1578-1640). Eighty Years War (Dutch War of Independence) (1568-1648). Oriented with west-south-west to top (cardinal points).

See also RCIN 722048.a.

Published in Historischer Chronick Oder Warhaffste Berschreibung aller vornehmen und denckwurdigen Geschichten, so sich hin und wider in de Welt von Anno Christi 1629. biß auff das Jahr 1633… Beschrieben Durch M. IOHANNEM PHILIPPVM ABELINVM … Mit schönen in Kupffer gebrachten Landtafflen auch vieler Stätten Bestungen … Schlachten Belagerungen … Durch MATTHÆVM MERIANVM, Buchhändlern und Kupfferstechern zu Franckfurt am Mayn; M.DC. XXXIII. Merian’s Theatrum Europaeum (1633), following p.78. This work was the first of a multi-volume series which became known as the Theatrum Europaeum.

  • ? Matthäus Merian I (1593-1650) (engraver and publisher)

  • Watermark: The monogram CC, crown above; countermark indistinct

    Condition: one fold line to print; no gilt edges; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept above and below this print in a different collection are present on the recto and verso

     

     

    Old heading: Wesel surprised by the Dutch 19 August 1629. Other annotations: (Recto) [left, above the old heading, black pencil, erased and mostly illegible, the old heading]. (Verso) [left of centre, black pencil:] II/36 [and, red pencil, crossed out in black pencil:] 1/172.

  • Scale: 1:8,000 approx. Scale bar: Leÿter von 500 Schritt [50 cm =].

    23.4 x 25.7 cm (image and neatline)

    cropped (platemark)

    23.9 x 26.2 cm (sheet)

    26.5 x 29.7 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    None

    Additional text:

    [top right, in a cartouche embellished with strapwork and surmounted by an allegorical design showing what passes for the royal coat of arms of Spain (albeit reversed) above which emerges the hand of God which cuts the chain binding Wesel and ‘s-Hertogenbosch to Spain, a key, a-i, k, l, to the town.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Wesel surprised by the Dutch 19 August 1629.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [left, above the old heading, black pencil, erased and mostly illegible, the George III heading]. (Verso) [left of centre, black pencil:] II/36 [and, red pencil, crossed out in black pencil:] 1/172.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Wesel A Plan of Wesel surprised by the Dutch, 19.th of Aug.t 1629.

  • 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)

    Wesel, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (51°40'00"N 06°37'00"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. 2913

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