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Contemporary maps of 10 sixteenth-century wars


Battle of Lepanto, 1571 1571 or later

Etching with engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type A); gilt edges left and right | 40.2 x 52.3 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 721063

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A middle-high oblique view of the naval Battle of Lepanto, fought on 7 October 1571 between the fleets of the Holy League (Spain, Venice, Genoa, Papal States, Duchies of Tuscany, Savoy Urbino, and the Knights Hospitallers of Malta) commanded by Don John of Austria (24 February 1547-1 October 1578) and the Ottomans, commanded by Grand Admiral Müezzinzade Ali Pasha (d. 7 October 1571), resulting in a victory for the Holy League. Fourth Ottoman-Venetian War (1570-1573). Oriented with west to top.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: The letter M entwined with an arrow, a fleur-de-lys above the M, within a shield [see Woodward no. 310]

    Condition: one fold line; brown with age, some foxing; a small tear, top left, with detail missing; the mount had previously been prepared for another print: the traces of framing lines for a smaller image are visible, top left

  • 40.2 x 52.3 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    40.5 x 54.9 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    No title

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, in a panel:] NOMI CHRISTIANI [bottom right, in a panel, cropped, with detail missing:] NOMI TVRC ... La uictoria in f [cropped ...] / ani fu alli 7 ... l'Anno – 1571


    George III heading: Naval Engagement Lepanto 1571.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil:] 1571. (Verso) [top, left of centre, red pencil:] 1/53; [top left, black pencil, erased:] II/57.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lepanto A View of the Battle of Lepanto, Oct.r 1571.

  • From the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-22 October 1657); inherited by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-1689); sold by Carlo Antonio’s grandson to Clement XI, 1703; acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Albani by 1714, from whom purchased by George III in 1762

  • Subject(s)

    Nafpaktos, West Greece, Greece (38°23ʹ30ʺN 21°49ʹ39ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    M. McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2711

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