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William Faden (1749-1836)

Tarifa, 1811

To / Leiutenant [sic] General Colin Campbell / This Plan / REPRESENTING THE SIEGE & DEFENCE / of / TARIFA. / is by Permission / humbly inscribed / By his Excellencys / most Obedient Servant / EDMUND HODGES. / Lieu,,t Royal Artillery published 12 Nov 1812

Etching and engraving on two copperplates; printed on two sheets of paper, subsequently pasted together; hand coloured | Scale: 1:2,400. | RCIN 735170

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A map of the unsuccessful French siege of British-occupied Tarifa between 11 December 1811 and 4 January 1812. Napoleonic Wars (1803-15): Peninsular War (1808-14). Oriented with north-west to top (cardinal points).

Lieutenant-General Colin Campbell (1754-1814), to whom this map is dedicated, was lieutenant-governor of Gibraltar which was 21 miles north-east of Tarifa. When Tarifa was besieged by the French in December 1811, the British commander, Colonel John Skerrett planned to abandon the town. Campbell ordered the withdrawal of all the boats in which the garrison might have left, and the result was that the town was held.

  • William Faden (1 July 1749-21 March 1836) (publisher) [bottom centre, below title and scale bar:] LONDON: / Published for the Author / by W. Faden Geographer to His Majesty, and to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent; / Charing Cross Nov.r 12.th 1812.

    Edmund Hodges (d. 1814) (cartographer)

    David Wright (active 1806-40) (engraver) [bottom right, inside neatline:] D. Wright sculp.t

  • Watermark: W Turner & Son

    Condition: no fold lines

  • Scale: 1:2,400. Scale bar: Scale of 200 Feet to an Inch [123 mm =] 1000 Feet.

    35.9 x 105.9 cm (neatline)

    40.0 x 106.4 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    41.2 x 107.7 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    To / Leiutenant [sic] General Colin Campbell / This Plan / REPRESENTING THE SIEGE & DEFENCE / of / TARIFA. / is by Permission / humbly inscribed / By his Excellencys / most Obedient Servant / EDMUND HODGES. / Lieu,,t Royal Artillery. [bottom centre]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, a key, A-M, to the batteries etc:] REFERENCES.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Tarifa 11 Dec. 1811 – 4 Jan. 1812.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Tarifa Plan of the Siege and defence of Tarifa began on the 11.th of Dec.r 1811 and ended on the 4.th of Jan.y 1812: by Lieut. Edmund Hodges: published by Faden, 1812. 2 sheets.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Tarifa, Andalusia, Spain (36°00'50"N 05°36'25"W)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    H.M. Stephens, 'Campbell, Colin (1754–1814)', Dictionary of National Biography, 2004.

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