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Maps, views and diagrams of military reviews and encampments

Étienne Charpentier (c.1707-post April 1792)

Encampment at Compiegne, 1739

LES CAMPS ET ATTAQUES / du Fort de Compiegne / 1739 1739 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | Scale: 1:3,500 approx. | RCIN 728024

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A plan of the encampments, manoeuvres and practice siegeworks at Compiegne, carried out by order of Louis XV in June 1739. These extensive practice siegeworks are described in detail in le Rouge, (1761). See also Bonnault-d'Houet' (1897).

  • Étienne Charpentier (c.1707-post April 1792) (engraver) [bottom left, outside border:] Se vend chez les Geographes de Paris; [bottom right, outside border:] Charpentier Scrip.

  • Watermark: Coat of arms

    Condition: one fold line; slight foxing

  • Scale: 1:3,500 approx. Scale bar: Toises [82 mm = 150].

    31.6 x 35.5 cm (neatline)

    32.8 x 36.0 cm (image)

    33.3 x 37.4 cm (platemark)

    35.8 x 43.1 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    LES CAMPS ET ATTAQUES / du Fort de Compiegne / 1739. [bottom centre of main map]


    [top right:] DISPOSITION. / des Camps de Compiegne / en 1739. Scale: 1:28,246 approx. Scale bar: [69 mm = 1000 Toises]. Size: 14.5 x 12.7 cm (neatline). [Bottom left:] CAMP / de l'Artillerie. Scale: 1:3,543 approx. Scale bar: T. [55 mm = 100 Toises]. Size: 8.2 cm x 26.6 cm (neatline).

    Additional text:

    Renvoÿ. [top left, a key to the parallels made over six nights and to various parts of the fortifications]


    George III heading: Encampments and attacks of Compiegne 1739.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil, erased: the old heading?]. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Compiegne Les camps et Attaques du Fort de Compiegne, 1739. [The same entry appears under the heading Encampment.]

  • 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)

    Compiegne, Picardie, France (49°25'04"N 02°49'33"E)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    These extensive practice siegeworks are described in detail in George Louis le Rouge, Journal du Camp de Compiegne de 1739, augmenté des Épreuves des Mines faites en présence du Roi, Par MM. de Turmel et Antoniazzi, Capitaines Mineurs, rédigé dur les lieux par ordre de M. Dangervillers, Ministre de la Guerre. Paris (1761).

    See also ‘Le Camp de Compiegne de 1739, suivi d'un menu royal Extraits des memoires de Scellier avec introduction et notes par le baron de Bonnault-d'Houet’ (1897). In: Société Historique de Compiègne. Pièces rares relatives à l'histoire de Compiègne. no.3. 1890, etc. 

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