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

Stefano della Bella (1610-64)

Porto Longone, 1650

DISEGNO dell’ attacco del forte Posto di Longone tenuto da / Franzesi, & assediato & recuperato valorosamte dall’ armi / Cattoliche entrateui il di XV Agosto / M D C L 1650 or later

Etching; printed on paper; laid down on paper and then mounted on paper (Mount Type B) | 44.9 x 56.5 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 723092

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A low-high oblique view of Porto Longone on the island of Elba, one of the towns of the Spanish Stato dei Presidi which was captured by the French in 1646 and then retaken by the Spanish and allied Italian and German forces commanded by John of Austria (the Younger) (7 April 1629-17 September 1679). Franco-Spanish War (1645-1659). Oriented south-east top.

See also RCIN 723093 and the Notes to the companion print of Piombino at RCIN 723091.

The view is taken from the range of hills to the north-west of the fort, giving a commanding view over the lines of circumvallation and encampments of the besieging armies and across to the Fort of Longone.

  • Stefano della Bella (1610-64) (etcher) [bottom right of key:] DBella f

  • Watermark: Print: none visible. Backing paper: a cross in an oval, the letters I H S below. Mount: none.

    Condition: verso: remains of Mount Type B, and along bottom, left and top edges

  • 44.9 x 56.5 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped: 45.5 x 57.5 cm (platemark)

  • Printed title:

    DISEGNO dell’ attacco del forte Posto di Longone tenuto da / Franzesi, & assediato & recuperato valorosamte dall’ armi / Cattoliche entrateui il di XV Agosto / M D C L [top left, in torn scroll]


    [top left, below title, in title cartouche:] All' Ill:mo & Eccmo Sig:r Il S.r Conte d Ognar & Vice Re, & Cap:no Gnle: di / S. Maesta' nel Regno di Napoli. / Stefano della Bella, in segno della sua deuosione dona, e dedica

    Additional text:

    [along bottom of print, in a scoll, a key, 1-34, to the quarters of the commanding officers and the approaches, lines, batteries and other features.]


    George III heading: Porto Longone 15 August 1650.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom right, black pencil:] De Vesme 881.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Porto Longone Disegno dell’ Attacco del Forte posto di Longone tenuto da Franzesi et assediato et recuperato dall’ Armi Cattoliche il di 15 Agosto 1650: da Stefano dela Bella.

  • 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)

    Porto Azzurro [Porto Longone], Island of Elba, Tuscany, Italy (42°46ʹ01ʺN 10°23ʹ45ʺE)

  • 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. 3211

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