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

R Prada (active 1639)

Trino, 1639

Descripcion del sitio, y toma de la Plaça de Trin dirigida al Excelentisimo Señor Marques de Leganes Gouernador, y Capitan Gnl por en el Estado de Milan, &c. c. 1640

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (mount cropped, Mount Type B) | 37.9 x 49.2 cm (neatline) | RCIN 722135

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A high oblique view/map of Trino, taken on 15 May 1639 by Diego Felipez de Guzmán, 1st Marquis of Leganés (1580-1655), Governor of Milan and Thomas Francis, of Savoy, Prince of Carignano (21 December 1596-22 January 1656). Franco-Spanish War (1635-1659). Oriented with north-north-east to top.

The scene is taken from the south, near the village of Camin (Camino 45°09ʹ26ʺN 08°17ʹ38ʺE) on the opposite side of the Po and shows the town of Trino in plan form, surrounded by the camps of the besieging armies. Regiments and commanding officers are named.

  • R Prada (active 1639) (dedicator) [top left, at end of dedication:] Milan y 5. Iunio 1639 / De V.E. / Criado q sus pies besa / Ran.o Prada

  • Watermark: Map: indistinct: a crown with trefoil? Mount: none.

    Condition: eight fold lines; brown discolouration. Verso: surface dirt. Remains of Mount Type B along left, top and bottom edges

  • 37.9 x 49.2 cm (neatline)

    40.9 x 49.2 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    41.4 x 49.6 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    Descripcion del sitio, y toma de la Plaça de Trin dirigida al Excelentisimo Señor Marques de Leganes Gouernador, y Capitan Gnl por en el Estado de Milan, &c. [across top of print]


    [top left, in elaborate cartouche embellished with the artefacts of war:] EX. SENOR. / Las hazañas merauillosas, que obra la / poderosa mano de V.E., como …

    Additional text:

    [below the view, a key, A-I, K-Q:] A. La famosa Plaça de Trin fue sitiada del exercito Catholico a 15 de Mayo 1639 siendo General de Su Magestad el Marques de Leganes, y hallandose aun el Señor Principe Thomas de Sauoya a 24.o hauiendo la jente de Su Magestad …


    George III heading: Trino invested 15 May 1639.

    Other anotations: (Recto) [bottom centre, on mount, black pencil, erased:] taken the 6th of March. (Verso) A brown ink squiggle, bottom right.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Trino A Plan of the Siege of Trino invested by the Spaniards under the command of the Marquis de Leganes on the of May 1639: by Ran.o Prada.

  • 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)

    Trino, Piedmont, Italy (45°11ʹ43ʺN 08°17ʹ46ʺE)

  • 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. 3038

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