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Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III

? Henry Smith (c. 1741-1826)

Review at Wimbledon Common, 1799

PLAN / of the LINE composed of / 11 Corps of Yeomanry & Volunteer / CAVALRY, / & 24 Corps of Volunteer INFANTRY, / of the County of SURRY, / REVIEWED BY THE / KING, / on Wimbledon Common, / the 4.th of July 1799 c.1799

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand coloured | Scale: 1:500 approx. | RCIN 735077.b

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A plan of the line of Surrey Volunteers assembled on Wimbledon Common for a review by George III on 4 July 1799. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802). Oriented with west-south-west to top. 

The rectangles which represent each corps of infantry or cavalry are coloured according to the colours of the uniform jackets and facings. The right of the line is at the left of the plan, indicating that the narrow strip of colour in each rectangle is the front of the line. Since the uniform of the Camberwell corps, as described in Blanch (1875) was a blue jacket with scarlet facings (collar, cuffs) it is clear that the narrow band of colour in the rectangle represents the facings of the uniform. 

Plate No.8 'Lambeth Loyal Cavalry' ('Rowlandson Delin. London Pub Nov: 1. 1798. at Ackermann's Gallery, 101 Strand' in LOYAL VOLUNTEERS / OF / London & Environs, / INFANTRY & CAVALRY, / in their respective Uniforms. Representing the whole of the / MANUAL, PLATOON, & FUNERAL / Exercise, / IN 87 PLATES. / Designed & Etched by T, Rowlandson, / and Dedicated by Permission / to His Royal Highness the / DUKE of GLOCESTER by Ackermann, shows a red jacket with gold lace and black facings with white breeches and a black hat with red and gold trimming and white plume. This plate can be found at RCIN 1083413. 

The author of this plan, Henry Smith, became Colonel of the Camberwell Volunteer Corps and had been a Captain in the Honorable Artillery Company. The plan bears what appears to be his signature and it is possible that he presented it to George III.

The title appears in the centre, in a circular cartouche decorated with olive and oak leaves, surmounted by the royal crown and flanked by soldiers standing on a banner along which run the words 'FOR OUR KING AND COUNTRY'; on the left, a soldier holding a sabre (in the uniform of the Lambeth Vol. Cavalry) and on the right, holding a musket with bayonet fixed (in the uniform of the Camberwell Infantry Volunteers).

  • ? Henry Smith (c. 1741-1826) (cartographer)

    Heath (active 1799) (engraver)

    Harry Ashby (1744-1818) (engraver) [bottom centre, between dedication and scale bar:] Eng.d by Heath & Ashby.

    George Onslow, 1st Earl of Onslow (1731-1814) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: one fold line

  • Scale: 1:500 approx. Scale bar: Scale of 250 file of Infantry, or 130⅓ feet to an Inch [80 mm =]

    41.4 x 65.0 cm (image and neatline)

    42.3 x 65.8 cm (platemark)

    46.8 x 70.3 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN / of the LINE composed of / 11 Corps of Yeomanry & Volunteer / CAVALRY, / & 24 Corps of Volunteer INFANTRY, / of the County of SURRY, / REVIEWED BY THE / KING, / on Wimbledon Common, / the 4.th of July 1799. [centre, in circular cartouche decorated with olive and oak leaves, surmounted by the royal crown and flanked by soldiers standing on a banner along which run the words 'FOR OUR KING AND COUNTRY'; on the left, a soldier holding a sabre (in the uniform of the Lambeth Vol. Cavalry) and on the right, holding a musket with bayonet fixed (in the uniform of the Camberwell Infantry Volunteers)]

    Dedication:

    [bottom centre, in plain roundel, surmounted by the coat of arms of the county of Surrey:] TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE GEORGE, LORD ONSLOW LORD LIEUTENANT OF THE COUNTY OF SURRY. / This / MANIFESTATION / of the / LOYALTY & PATRIOTISM / of the / COUNTY of SURRY, / is respectfully inscribed by / His Lordship's / most devoted Servant / HENRY SMITH. / Cap.t 1.st Comp.y of Camberwell / Association.

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below plan, lists of the Volunteer Cavalry and Infantry companies and their commanding officers and their strength, and a transcription of the General Orders written by Henry Dundas of 4 July 1799.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Wimbledon Common 4 July 1799.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [centre, below the depiction of the soldiers to each side of the title, in black pencil, in an early nineteenth-century hand:] Lambeth Vol.r Cavalry. [and, to the right:] Camberwell Infantry Volunteers. (Verso) none.

    Signature:

    [bottom right, inside border, ink, signed:] H. Smith. Adj:t to the Lord Lieut:t

    George III catalogue entry:

    Wimbledon Plan of the Line composed of 11 corps of Yeomanry and Volunteer Cavalry and 24 Corps of Volunteer Infantry of the County of Surry, reviewed by the King on Wimbledon Common, 4.th of July 1799: by Henry Smith.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Wimbledon Common, Surrey, England, UK (51°26'00"N 00°14'00"W)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    W.H. Blanch, Ye parish of Camberwell: a brief account of the parish of Camberwell: its history and antiquities, London, 1875

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