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J. Brown (active 1803)

Wimbledon Common, 1805


Engraving and etching; printed on paper; hand coloured; with manuscript annotations | Scale: 1:7,627 approx. | RCIN 735119.a

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A map of Wimbledon Common, 1803, with the addition in manuscript of the troop positions at the Review by George III on 14 June 1805. Napoleonic Wars (1803-15). Oriented with north-north-east to top (cardinal points). 

The map has been used as a base for the superimposition in manuscript, ink and watercolour, of the manoeuvres performed by the troops during the royal review on 14 June.

  • J. Brown (active 1803) (cartographer) [bottom right, inside neatline:] I. Brown, Assistant Q.M. General.

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: four fold lines; brown staining. Verso: heavy surface dirt on outside fold panels

  • Scale: 1:7,627 approx. Scale bar: Scale of One Mile [211 mm =].

    49.4 x 41.0 cm (image and neatline)

    cropped (platemark)

    50.7 x 42.4 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    MILITARY SKETCH of WIMBLEDON COMMON. 1803. [bottom left]

    Additional text:

    [top left, in manuscript, ink, a key, A, 1-9 to the positions of the troops:] REFERENCE to the REVIEW june 1805.


    George III heading: Wimbledon, 14 June 1805.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [the insertion on the map in manuscript, ink and watercolour, of all the troop positions and, top left, the explanatory key.] (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Wimbledon Military Sketch of Wimbledon Common by I. Brown 1803: with the Position of the Troops when reviewed by the King on the of June 1805, in MS.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Wimbledon Common, Surrey, UK (51°26'00"N 00°14'00"W)

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