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Contemporary maps and prints of the major battles and sieges from 1635 to 1658

Giovanni Paolo Bianchi (fl. 1617-54)

Aire, 1641

AIRE, Assediata dall’ A.R. del / Prencipe Cardinale FERDINANDO AVS= / TRIACO, alli 12 Agosto 1641 1641 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B) | 24.2 x 32.5 cm (image) | RCIN 723007

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A map of Aire, defended by Charles de la Porte, duc de la Mailleraye (1602-8 February 1664) and besieged by the Spanish army of Cardinal Infante Ferdinand of Austria (May 1609 or 1610-9 November 1641) from 11 August resulting in the surrender of the garrison on 7 December 1641. Franco-Spanish War (1635-1659). Oriented with south-west to top (cardinal points). 

This print appears to be a copy of RCIN 723006.

  • Giovanni Paolo Bianchi (fl. 1617-54) (etcher) [bottom right, below text:] Bianc. f. in Milano.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: five fold lines; pressure marks. Verso: some surface dirt along the fold lines

  • 24.2 x 32.5 cm (image)

    21.5 x 31.0 cm (neatline)

    24.5 x 32.7 cm (sheet)

    26.4 x 35.4 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    AIRE, Assediata dall’ A.R. del / Prencipe Cardinale FERDINANDO AVS= / TRIACO, alli 12 Agosto 1641. [top right, in cartouche]

    Additional text:

    Dichiaratione della Città. [bottom, below map, a key, A-E, to the gates of the town and the trenches]; Dichiaratione del Campo di S.A.R. [Another key, 1-24, to the regiments, etc.]


    Profilo dell' Essercito. [bottom right, in rectangular panel] Size: 5.0 x 8.3 cm (image).


    George III heading: Aire 12 August 1641.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Aire Aire assediata dall A.R. del Principe Cardinale Ferdinando Austriaco, alli 12 Agosto 1641; da Bianchi.

  • 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)

    Aire-sur-la-Lys (Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France) 50°38'19"N 02°23'55"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. 3093

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