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Maps, views and diagrams of military reviews and encampments

George Bickham (c. 1706-1771)

Encampment at Hounslow Heath, 1740

A Front View of the Camp erected on Hounslow-Heath in the Year. 1740 1740 or later

Engraving and etching; printed on paper | 29.1 x 46.3 cm (image) | RCIN 728029

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A view of the encampment on Hounslow Heath in 1740. William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, was present at this encampment, which took place under the command of General Sir Charles Wills (1666-1741). Cumberland's tent is marked with an asterisk, and is at the head of the row of tents between streets ‘c’ and ‘d’.

  • George Bickham (c. 1706-1771) (artist, engraver and publisher) [bottom right, below edge of view:] Drawn & Engrav'd by G Bickham jun.r 30 of June; [bottom right, below text:] Sold at ye Blackmoors Head opposite Surry Street in ye Strand.

    Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, 3rd son of George II, King of Great Britain (1721-65) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: Indistinct: a fleur-de-lys with a countermark

    Condition: slightly creased; no fold lines. Verso: brown discolouration; some ink marks

  • 26.3 x 46.3 cm (neatline)

    29.1 x 46.3 cm (image)

    29.8 x 47.4 cm (platemark)

    30.7 x 49.3 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    A Front View of the Camp erected on Hounslow-Heath in the Year. 1740. [bottom centre, below view]


    To his Royal Highness the Duke of CUMBERLAND This Plate is most humbly Dedicated by his Obedient Servant George Bickham junior. [bottom, below title]

    Additional text:

    The principal Streets & Sutlers Booths. [bottom, below dedication, a key to the different parts of the camp and to]


    George III heading: Encampment on Hounslow Heath 1740.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampment A Front View of the Camp erected on Hounslow Heath in 1740: by G. Bickham. [The same entry appears under the heading Hounslow Heath.]

  • 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)

    Hounslow Heath, Greater London, UK (51°27'21"N 00°23'20"W)

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