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Augustin Ménageot (1700-84)

Encampment at Newport, Isle of Wight, 1740

To the Hon:ble Brigadier Guise This GEOMETRICAL PLAN of ye Camp, in ye Isle of Wight, / is most humbly Dedicated by his most humble & most Obed:t Serv:ts / A. Menageot. / & Chris:r Seton published 16 Mar 1741

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | Scale: scale bar: no units named [174 mm = ] 500 | RCIN 728030

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A plan of the encampment near Newport on the Isle of Wight in 1740.

The plan is decorated, bottom right, by a vignette of a uniformed soldier, standing at the foot of a castellated tower from which flies an unidentified standard. In front of the soldier, on the ground, lie the artefacts of war: cannon, mortar, muskets, flags, drums, etc. The encamped regiments were: Harrison's (possibly Lt.Gen. Henry Harrison who was Colonel of the 15th Regiment of Foot for 34 years from 8 February 1715 to 15 April 1749: Leslie (1974) p.57); Wynyard's (this may be Lt.Gen. John Wynyard who became Colonel of the 17th Regiment of Foot on 31 August 1742, a year after this camp (Leslie (1974) p.59)); Lowther's; Wolffe's; Robinson's; Moreton's.

A companion print was published by Mengeot and Seton on the same date and is at RCIN 728031.

Although the date of publication of this print is March 1741, it is likely that the scene represents the encampment near Newport which took place in the summer of 1740. The young thirteen-year-old James Wolfe (later General and victor of Quebec in 1759) was present with his father Edward at this camp from which he wrote home to his mother on 6 August, describing the embarkation of troops for Carthagena (letter printed in Wood, (1915), p.5).

  • Augustin Ménageot (1700-1784) (artist and publisher) [bottom left, below edge of plan:] A. Menageot Pinx.t

    James Hulett (active 1738-d. 1771) (engraver) [bottom right, below edge of plan:] J. Hulett Sculp.t

    Christopher Seton (active 1726-68) (publisher) [bottom centre, to each side of the coat of arms:] Publish'd according to Act of Parliament March y.e 16. 1741.

  • Watermark: IV

    Condition: flat, no fold lines. Verso: slight surface dirt

  • Scale: scale bar: no units named [174 mm = ] 500; [if these units are yards, then the scale is approx: 1:2,500.] Line of the Camp containing one mile in length [355 mm = ] 1 mile; 1:4,500 approx., if the standard mile is used.

    29.2 x 44.6 cm (neatline)

    34.0 x 44.8 cm (image)

    35.0 x 46.4 cm (platemark)

    37.7 x 51.7 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title and dedication:

    To the Hon:ble Brigadier Guise This GEOMETRICAL PLAN of ye Camp, in ye Isle of Wight, / is most humbly Dedicated by his most humble & most Obed:t Serv:ts / A. Menageot. / & Chris:r Seton. [bottom, below view, to each side of the coat of arms, in rococo frame, of Brigadier [John] Guise]


    George III heading: Encampment in the Isle of Wight 1741.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampment View of the Camp in the Isle of Wight, 1741; by Menageot and Seton, 1741. [The same entry appears under the heading Wight, Isle of.]

  • 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)

    Newport, Isle of Wight, UK (50°42'05"N 01°17'28"W)

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