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

Francesco Antonio Orlando (active 1649-50)

Porto Longone, 1650

Disinio del Sitio / de Puerto Longon / por Mayor 1650 or later

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; laid down on paper and then mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges right and bottom | 25.7 x 40.4 cm (neatline) | RCIN 723093

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A low-high oblique view of Porto Longone, one of the towns of the Spanish Stato dei Presidi which was captured by the French in 1646 and then retaken by the Spanish in the action shown in this print on 15 August 1650. Franco-Spanish War (1645-1659). Oriented with north-west to top.

See also RCIN 723092 and the companion print of Piombino at RCIN 723091.

  • Francesco Antonio Orlando (active 1649-50) (dedicator and publisher)

  • Watermark: Print: none visible. Backing paper: indistinct, three circles, one above the other, crown above, top circle containing a cross, the other two circles are indistinct. Mount: none.

    Condition: one fold line; torn and worn along folds; repaired by being laid down on paper before being mounted

  • 25.7 x 40.4 cm (neatline)

    26.1 x 40.4 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    26.8 x 41.3 cm (sheet)

    38.2 x 50.9 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Disinio del Sitio / de Puerto Longon / por Mayor [top right, above key]

    Dedication:

    [bottom left, in cartouche:] Al Exmo Senor Don Beltran / Veles de Gueuara Gentil Hombre / de la Camara de S.M. y Su Virey Capitan / General del Reyno de Napoles etc: / Francisco Antonio Orlando D.D.D.

    Additional text:

    [along most of the right edge, a key, 1-21.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Porto Longone 15 August 1650.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil, numbers, cropped and illegible. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Porto Longone A Plan of Porto Longone retaken from the French by the Spaniards on the 15.th of August 1650: by F.A. Orlando.

  • 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. 3212

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