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


Turin, 1640

Vero dissegno delle fortificationi Francesi sotto Torino, et la forma con laquale il March. di Leganes non solam te ipedisce loro i uiuere, ma sta pronto per dar il soccorso alla Città 1640 or later

Etching and engraving; printed from two copperplates on two sheets of paper, joined; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edge, top | 47.6 x 41.4 cm (neatline) | RCIN 722151

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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.

The view takes in a wide arc of the Piedmontese countryside, from Villafranca (Villafranca Piemonte 44°47ʹ18ʺN 07°30ʹ38ʺE) in the south-west, through Pinerolo (44°53ʹ07ʺN 07°19ʹ53ʺE), Aviliana (Avigliana 45°04ʹ47ʺN 07°23ʹ47ʺN), Rivoli (45°04ʹ15ʺN 07°30ʹ53ʺE), to Susa (45°08ʹ12ʺN 07°03ʹ29ʺE) in the west and Druento (45°08ʹ05ʺN 07°34ʹ36ʺE) in the north-west and round Turin to Moncaglieri (Moncalieri 44°59ʹ58ʺN 07°40ʹ56ʺE) in the south on the opposite bank of the Po River.

  • Anonymous (printmaker)

  • Watermark: View: none visible. Mount: none.

    Condition: six fold lines; some brown discolouration, especially along the join of the two sheets. Pressure marks to verso

  • 47.6 x 41.4 cm (neatline)

    48.5 x 41.4 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    49.0 x 41.6 cm (sheet)

    52.3 x 36.2 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Vero dissegno delle fortificationi Francesi sotto Torino, et la forma con laquale il March. di Leganes non solam te ipedisce loro i uiuere, ma sta pronto per dar il soccorso alla Città [below view, outside neatline]

    Additional text:

    [left, a key, A-G to various sorties made by Prince Thomas on the 15 and 23 June and other events during the siege.]


    George III heading: Turin 1640.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Turin Disegno delle Fortificationi Francesi sotto Torino et la forma con la quale il S.r Marchese di Leganes impedisce loro i viveri e sta pronto per dar il soccorso alla Citta, 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. 3069

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