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

Nicolas Perelle (b. 1631)

Comines, 1658

COMMINES [below banderole:] en Flandre 1658 or later, or 1694

Etching; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edge right | 16.4 x 50.7 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 723115

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A view of the French assault on Comines, 19 September 1757, commanded by Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne vicomte de Turenne (1611-75) in which Claude Lamoral, 3me prince de Ligne (1618-79), a nobleman of the Spanish Netherlands in the service of Philip IV of Spain, was defeated. Franco-Spanish War (1636-59). Oriented with south-east to top.

This view was one of the plates of Sébastien Pontault de Beaulieu's Les Glorieuses Conquetes de Louis le Grand which was published by his niece, Reine de Beaulieu, in 1694. An example of the view, with borders and an upper portrait pasted to it, is in RCIN 723027 vol.I of the Conquetes.

  • Nicolas Perelle (b. 1631) (etcher) [bottom centre, inside neatline:] N. Perelle. Sculp.

    Attributed to Sébastien Pontault de Beaulieu (c. 1612-74) (publisher)

  • Watermark: View: none visible. Mount: man holding a cross in a shield?

    Condition: one fold line to view and one fold line to the mount, not coincident; brown discolouration for the paste of the mount of an item which was placed below the view in a different collection; slight brown discolouration to top and right edges. Verso: remains of old guard along top edge; surface discolouration

  • 16.4 x 50.7 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    14.8 x 50.7 cm (neatline)

    20.4 x 52.1 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    COMMINES [below banderole:] en Flandre [top centre, in banderole]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below view, a key, A-I, K-M and a note on the geographical position of Comines.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: The Prince de Ligne defeated by Marshal Turenne near Comines 19 Sep.r 1658.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top corner of mount, a date: ‘1647’?; [bottom corner, black pencil, cropped: a date?]; [top right, black pencil, illegible]. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] III/136.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Comines A View of Comines and of the defeat of the Prince de Ligne by Marshal Turenne on the 19.th of Sept.r 1658: by N. Perelle.

  • From the collection of Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-89) who inherited Cassiano dal Pozzo's collection and added to it; 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)

    Comines [Commines], Hauts-de-France [before 1/1/2016 Nord-Pas-de-Calais], France (50°45ʹ41ʺN 03°00ʹ38ʺE)

  • 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. 3234

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