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

Giuseppe Longhi (active 1655-1701)

Siege of Pavia, 1655


Engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges right and bottom | 30.9 x 39.2 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 723109

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A map of Pavia, besieged 24 July – approx.14 September 1655 for 52 days by a Franco-Savoyard army commanded by Thomas Francis of Savoy, Prince of Carignano (1596-1656) and Francesco I d'Este, Duke of Modena (1610-58); the siege was eventually broken by the Spanish commanded by the Governor of Milan, Luis de Benavides Carrillo de Toledo, Marquis of Caracena (1608-68). Franco-Spanish War (1635-59). Oriented with north-north-east to top.

Another example of this map is on the Storia urbana di Pavia website (last accessed 25 October 2017).

  • Giuseppe Longhi (active 1655-1701) (publisher) [bottom right:] Iosseffo Lunge F. alla Insegno / di s. Pauole

  • Watermark: Map: six-pointed star, irregular angles between the points. Mount: none.

    Condition: eight fold lines; heavy brown discolouration around edges from adhesive; 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

  • 27.4 x 39.1 cm (neatline)

    30.9 x 39.2 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    39.7 x 52.4 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    VERO ET NOVO ASSEDIO DI PAVIA [across top of map]

    Additional text:

    [below the print, a key, A-F, P, G, I, L, N, M, O, S, to the principal places in the town and the quarters of the Duke of Modena.]


    George III heading: Pavia 1655.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] 1655. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Pavia Vero et novo Assedio di Pavia 1655, da Jossefo Lunge.

  • 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)

    Pavia, Lombardy, Italy (45°11ʹ31ʺN 09°09ʹ33ʺE)

  • 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. 3226

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