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

Carlo Biffi (c. 1605-75)

Piacenza, 1636

CITTA DI PIACENZA 1636 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type A); gilt edges right and bottom | 29.1 x 41.2 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 722107

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A high oblique view of the first attack by the Spaniards on Piacenza, 24 December 1636. Dedicated to Prince Hercole Trivulzio of Milan. Franco-Spanish War (1635-1659). Oriented with south-south-west to top.

  • Carlo Biffi (c. 1605-75) (etcher) [bottom left:] Biffius F.

    After? Giovanni Battista Baratteri (1605-75) (cartographer)

  • Watermark: View/map: none visible. Mount: none.

    Condition: two fold lines; some brown staining and discolouration. Verso: some offsetting, perhaps from the same image. 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; black ink smudge to left edge of paper

  • 29.1 x 41.2 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    40.2 x 50.9 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    CITTA DI PIACENZA [across top of view]


    [top right, in ornamental cartouche:] Al / et / mio et pron / Il Sig.r / PRENCIPE / D. HERCOLE TRIVVLZI / D. / Gio. Batta Baratiori

    Additional text:

    [left, in a cartouche framed by draped material, a key, A-I, L-T, V, X-Z:] Posti ocupati da legenti di S.M. Catt.a nel / primo attacco della Citta di Piacenza / il 24. Decembre 1636.


    George III heading: Piacenza 24 December 1636.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil:] 1636. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Piacenza A Plan of the City of Piacenza with the Posts occupied by the Spaniards in the first attack on the of Dec.r 1636: by Biffius, published by Baratieri.

  • 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)

    Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (45°02'48"N 09°41'57"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. 3005

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