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Encampment at Berlaimont, 1753

PLAN / Du Camp d’Exercise à Barlemont, commandé / par Mon:gr. Le Prince de Subise. Mr le Duc de Broglie / et le M:is de Mesual etant Lieut:ts Generaux. Le M:is. De / Huinville Māāl de Camp … 1753 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on linen | Scale: 1:16,200 approx. | RCIN 731051.b

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A map of a French encampment, under the command of the Prince de Soubise and the Duc de Broglie, at Berlaimont, 1753. Oriented with east to top (cardinal points).

The note explains that the camp is situated in a fertile corn-growing region, with easy transport facilities being provided by the River Sambre. Behind the camp, the terrain is not open and is full of hedges and woods although to the front it is quite open and the whole area can be seen. The map does not appear to show the rear hinterland since there are no symbols for hedgerows and few woods are depicted. The portrayal of marshy or dampland is by a naturalistic colour mix of blue, brown, and yellowish-green wash. Cavalry (blue), dragoons (red) and infantry (yellow) are distinguished by colour.

The encamped regiments are: Pentievre, D'Egmont, Auvergne, Baltazar, Ogilvie, Royal Ecossois, Provence, Poitou, Dampiere, Bellefonds, Lusignan.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Mark, stamped: 768

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: slight foxing

  • Scale: 1:16,200 approx. Scale bar: [72 mm =] 600 Toises

    27.3 x 44.1 cm (neatline)

    28.8 x 45.4 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN / Du Camp d’Exercise à Barlemont, commandé / par Mon:gr. Le Prince de Subise. Mr le Duc de Broglie / et le M:is de Mesual etant Lieut:ts Generaux. Le M:is. De / Huinville Māāl de Camp …[the date 1753 appears at the bottom of the title panel.] [bottom left, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, following on from title, a key to the features on the map and a note on the locality:] Ce Camp etoit situè dans un Pais fertile et abondant en / Bled. Environnè comme il etoit par la Riviere de Sambre / Le transport de Provisions devenoit par l'eau facile - / et tres comode. Derriere le Camp, le Pais est coupè et / plein des Hayes et du Bois, mais il s'ouvrit tout a fait en / avant et laise voir dans tous les Environs.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Encampment at Barlemont 1753.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, red pencil:] 18/30. [top left, black pencil:] XV/14.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampment Plan dessiné du Camp d’Exercise a Barlemont, commandé par le Prince de Soubise, 1753. [The same entry appears under the heading Barlemont.]

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Berlaimont, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France (50°12'05"N 03°48'48"E)

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