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

Hendrik Oldelandt (1615-56)

Siege of Turin, 1640

Desegno Della Città Di Torino Assediata Da / i francesi, Con i suoi luoci, et quartieri 1640 or later

Etching; printed on paper; laid down on paper and then mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edge, right | 29.2 x 41.9 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 722153

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A high oblique view/map of Turin, defended by the Spanish under Diego Felipez de Guzmán, Marquis of Leganés (1580-1655) and Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano (21 December 1596-22 January 1656) and besieged from 22 May to 20 September by a French-Piedmontese army, commanded by Henri de Lorraine, Count of Harcourt (20 March 1601-25 July 1666), supported by Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne (11 September 1611-27 July 1675) resulting in the capitulation of the city on 20 September 1640. Franco-Spanish War (1635-1659). Oriented with north-west to top.

  • Hendrik Oldelandt (1615-56) (etcher) [bottom centre:] H. Oldelandt fecit Genua 1640

  • Watermark: View: none visible. Backing paper: circle with a cross within, the letters A Ω below. Mount: none.

    Condition: four fold lines

  • 29.2 x 41.9 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    40.3 x 52.0 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Desegno Della Città Di Torino Assediata Da / i francesi, Con i suoi luoci, et quartieri [top centre, in banner]

    Additional text:

    [top left, in cartouche representing draped material, a key, A-F, H, to the fortifications:] Tauola Della Citta et la Cittadella. [top right, in ornate cartouche, a key, A-I, K-M, to the quarters of the armies:] Tauola De i quarteri et Posti … Aō 1640.


    George III heading: Turin 1640.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom, black pencil in Miss Evelyn Heaton-Smith’s hand, an annotation referring to the engraver:] unknown to Nagler see Le Blanc who doesn’t mention this; [bottom right, black pencil:] 1640; [top right, black pencil, erased:] Turin. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Turin Disegno della Citta de Torino assediata da i Francesi con i suoi luoci et quartieri, 1640: da H. Oldelandt, 1640.

  • 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)

    Turin, Piedmont, Italy (45°04'13"N 07°41'12"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. 3071

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