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Siege of Arras, 1654

ROTTA DATA DALLE ARMI CRISME / AL ESERCITO SPAGNOLO SOTTO / ARAS ALLI XXV AGOTO 1654 1654 or later

Etching; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edge, top | Scale: not stated [not drawn to scale] | RCIN 723106

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A high oblique view and map of Arras, besieged by the Spanish, commanded by Louis de Bourbon, prince de Condé (1621-86) from 3 July to 25 August 1654 who were defeated in battle on 25 August 1654 by a French relief army under Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne (1611-75) resulting in a French victory. Franco-Spanish War (1635-59). Oriented with north to top.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Map: kneeling man, holding a cross within a shield. Mount: none.

    Condition: six fold lines. Verso: surface dirt and stains; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept below this map/print in a different collection are present

  • Scale: not stated [not drawn to scale]

    22.1 x 28.7 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    24.4 x 32.2 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    ROTTA DATA DALLE ARMI CRISME / AL ESERCITO SPAGNOLO SOTTO / ARAS ALLI XXV AGOTO 1654 [top left]

    Inset:

    Profilo del doppio reunio delle linee della circonvalacione del Ca'mpo spagnle con poddi e fossi doysii / Assal[?] e guadagnio[to] dall' Armata Christianissima il di 25 Agosto 1654 [indistinct words] Re di frana

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, a key, A-E.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Arras 25 August 1654.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil under the figure ‘6’:] 7; [top left, black pencil, erased and partially legible:] [Arras] relieved by Turrenne; [bottom right, black pencil, cropped:] [?] II / [?] 4. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Arras Rotta data dalli [sic] Armi Cris.me al Esercito Spagnolo sotto Arras [sic] alli 25 Ag.to 1654.

  • From the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-1657); inherited by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-89); 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)

    Arras, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France (50°17'34"N 02°46'54"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. 3223

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