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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

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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

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