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Maps, views and diagrams of military reviews and encampments


Czerniaków and Warsaw, 1732 (Czerniaków, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland) 52°11ʹ37ʺN 21°03ʹ35ʺE; (Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland) 52°13ʹ47ʺN 21°00ʹ42ʺE

1732 or later

Maps in pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | 19.8 x 23.8 cm (binding) | RCIN 727038

A set of 74 plans of manoeuvres of the Polish-Saxon army held between 31 July and 18 August 1732 in the presence of Augustus II the Strong (1670-1733), Elector of Saxony and King of Poland in the Czerniaków Fields, near Warsaw.

The manoeuvres were held in the area which is now covered by the south-eastern suburbs of Warsaw in the vicinity of Mokotów (52°11ʹ36ʺN 21°02ʹ06ʺE), Sielce (52°12ʹ05ʺN 21°01ʹ54ʺE) and Czerniaków. A pavilion was constructed to house the spectators and to provide quarters for the king; the nobility and staff were allocated tents to the rear. The view from the pavilion, which was set in the grounds of present-day Park Arkadia, would have extended eastwards over the exercise ground, towards the lake (present-day Jezioro Czerniakowskie), beyond which was the ‘Place d'Exercice’ and the first rendezvous encampment of the army. Further tents to house the king during the manoeuvres were erected towards the middle of the exercise area.

This set of plans was probably one of several sets which would have been prepared in advance of the manoeuvres to assist the spectators to understand what they were watching. It appears, in part, to be unfinished: some of the diagrams and maps have blank title panels and letters are used on the diagrams for which there is no explanation. Symbols are used, apparently to denote rank such as major, major-general, lieutenant-general, ‘Le Regimentair’, or infantryman, piquier, etc. However, there is some inconsistency in their use. The manoeuvres were arranged in the following groups: general orders of battle and march for the review; infantry; cavalry; grenadiers; piquiers; lancers; the whole army together; various attacks. The names of the commanding officers appear on some of the plans.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)


    Augustus II the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony (1670-1733)
  • Oblong quarto; full leather binding; upper and lower boards framed with two gold lines with a fleuron to each corner; spine with four raised bands with gold tooling in between; front and back endpapers printed in colours (including gilt) from wood blocks; blank flyleaves.

    Watermark: variations on a fleur-de-lys in crowned shield suspending a ‘4’ and the letters WR.

    Condition: upper and lower boards mottled with age; corners rubbed; upper board detached from spine; leather on spine worn with some disintegration of the gold-tooled designs; maps with brown mottling, induced discolouration and some offsetting from the following images.

  • 19.8 x 23.8 cm (binding)

  • Manuscript title:

    No title


    George III heading: Military / Warsaw.

    Other annotations: Front end paper: (Verso) [top left, black pencil, erased and indistinct]; 4/21-2. Front flyleaf: (Recto) [top left, erased: Cantonments]; [bottom left, black pencil, erased and indistinct: ?]/36-1. Back flyleaf: (Recto) [top left, black pencil, erased and indistinct: Cantonments]; [bottom left, black pencil, erased:] VII/36-1.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Warsaw 74 Plans dessinés des Exercises et Mouvements Militaires executés aupres de Varsovie en 1732. oblong.

  • Subject(s)

    Czerniaków, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland (52°11ʹ37ʺN 21°03ʹ35ʺE)

    Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland (52°13ʹ47ʺN 21°00ʹ42ʺE)

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  • 23 May 2024