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List of Austrian army, 1738

Liste detouts les Troppes de Sa M. Imp. et Cathol. pous l'Année / 1738 1738 or later

Engraving; printed on paper; hand-coloured | 23.7 x 21.2 cm (image and neatline) | RCIN 728014

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A table showing the strength of the Imperial Austrian army in 1738. Published sometime before 29 March 1738, this tabulated list, surrounded by a decorative border depicting artefacts of war, surmounted by the imperial double-headed eagle, gives the names of the regiments, and numbers of men in each, of the infantry, cuirassiers, dragoons, and hussars in the army of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI (1685-1740; ruled 1711-40), whose cipher with the double-headed imperial eagle surmounts the table, for the year 1738. The total number of men in 93 regiments was 161,400.

The colours in the triangular shapes to the left of each regimental name probably represent the colours of parts of the uniform, such as facings, cuffs, waistcoats, etc. Isaac Dunant, who was presumably the ‘M.r Dunant’ in whose communication dated 29 March 1738 this list was sent, was the British chargé d'affaires in Vienna from 1737 to May 1738, and conducted diplomatic business in Vienna when Sir Thomas Robinson, the British Minister in Vienna, was away in April 1738.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: six fold lines; trimmed; formerly folded to 9.1 x 7.7 cm, or larger. Verso: surface dirt along fold lines and outward fold panel

  • 23.7 x 21.2 cm (image and neatline)

    24.5 x 21.7 cm (platemark)

    28.9 x 25.5 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    Liste detouts les Troppes de Sa M. Imp. et Cathol. pous l'Année / 1738. [top]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Imperial Army in 1738.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom left of table, under the heading ‘Cuirassiers’, the addition in brown ink of two regimental names:] Bernes [and] Berlinger. (Verso) [centre, right, ink:] in M.r Dunant's of 29. March / 1738; [top left, black pencil, underlined but illegible].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Army Liste de toutes les Troupes de Sa Majesté Imperiale et Catholique pour l'année 1738.

  • 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)

    A.C. Thompson, Britain, Hanover and the Protestant interest, 1688-1756, Woodbridge 2006, p. 190

    TNA SP 80/129 Correspondence of Isaac Dunant, Jan-May 1738

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