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

Giacomo Monti (active 1642-82)

Tortona, 1642

DISEGNO DELLA CITTA’, E CASTELLO DI TORTONA / Assediato da Francesi, & resosi alli 26. Nouembre 1642 published 1642

Etching and letterpress text printed on the same sheet of paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges top and right | 20.6 x 30.8 cm (image) | RCIN 723023

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A view with letterpress text of Spanish-held Tortona, defended by Major-General Don Bernardino Galleott, and besieged by the French and surrendered on 26 November 1642. Franco-Spanish War (1635-1659). Oriented with east-south-east to top.

The print shows the quarters and trenches made by Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano (Thomas of Savoy; 21 December 1596-22 January 1656) who, just a few months earlier, having fought with the Spanish, had changed sides and now supported the French, commanding Piedmontese troops who were fighting alongside the French under Henri II d’Orléons, duc de Longueville (6 April 1595-11 May 1663), whose quarters and fortifications are also shown in this view. The location of the unsuccessful Spanish relief attempt on 17 November is also shown.

  • Giacomo Monti (active 1642-82) (publisher) [bottom centre of text:] IN BOLOGNA, Per Giacomo Monti, MDCXXXXII Con licenza de’ Superiori.

  • Watermark: Print and text: indistinct, tear drop shape. Mount: none.

    Condition: one fold line; two small holes left and right of centre; brown discolouration

  • 20.6 x 30.8 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    28.0 x 31.0 cm (sheet)

    50.8 x 40.3 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    DISEGNO DELLA CITTA’, E CASTELLO DI TORTONA / Assediato da Francesi, & resosi alli 26. Nouembre 1642. [letterpress title below view]

    Additional text:

    [the letterpress text below the view comprises a key, A-I, L-S.]


    George III heading: Tortona 26 November 1642.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 1642. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Tortona Disegno della Citta e Castello di Tortona assediata da Francesi e resosi alli 26 Novembre 1642: per Giacomo Monti, 1642.

  • 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)

    Tortona, Piedmont, Italy (44°53ʹ52ʺN 08°51ʹ49ʺE)

  • 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. 3109

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