Mobile menu
Our sites and phone lines are temporarily closed, but you can browse the Collection online. More info

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

Barthélémy Fénis (active 1653-69)

Siege of Mortara, 1658

DISEGNO DI MORTARA / Assediata dall’ Armi di Sua / Maestá / Sotto il commando dell’ / Altezza / DIMODANA 1658 or later

Etching; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges right and bottom | Scale: 1:22,000 approx. | RCIN 723114

Your share link is...


A map and high oblique view of Modena, besieged from 3-25 August 1658 by the French under the command of Francesco I d'Este, Duke of Modena (1610-58). Franco-Spanish War (1635-59). Oriented with south to top (cardinal points).

  • Barthélémy Fénis (active 1653-69) (printmaker) [bottom right:] Barthelemy / Fenis Mutine / Fecit

  • Watermark: Map: eagle within crowned circle. Mount: none.

    Condition: ten fold lines; creased; some foxing and brown coloration to right and bottom edges of mount. Verso: surface dirt along the folds of the left hand side which would have been exposed when the item was folded; foxing to bottom edge. Pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept above and below this map/print in a different collection are present on the recto and verso

  • Scale: 1:22,000 approx. Scale bar: Scala di trecento Passiandti [21 mm =].

    33.3 cm (Height) (platemark)

    33.0 x 46.1 cm (neatline)

    33.4 x 46.4 cm (sheet)

    39.8 x 52.1 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    DISEGNO DI MORTARA / Assediata dall’ Armi di Sua / Maestá / Sotto il commando dell’ / Altezza / DIMODANA [top right, in cartouche embellished with baskets and swags of fruit and cornucopia]

    Additional text:

    [down right side, in cartouche depicting a curtain hanging on a tasselled cord which forms the top and left borders of the map, a key, A-I, L-T, V, X, Y and 1-84 to the fortifications and regiments.]


    Mortara taken by the Duke of Modena 25 August 1658.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [along left edge, black pencil, the old heading]. (Verso) [top left, black pencil, partly erased:] III/[135].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Mortara Disegno di Mortara assediata dall’ Armi di S.M. Christianissima sotto il commando del Duca di Modena et preso li 25 Agosto 1658: da Barthelemy Fenis Mutine.

  • 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)

    Mortara, Lombardy, Italy (45°14ʹ50ʺN 08°44ʹ07ʺE)

  • 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. 3233

Page revisions