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Other 17th-century conflicts

Printed and manuscript maps, prints and views of 22 seventeenth-century wars


A view of the siege of Barcelona, 1652 (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain) 41°23'19"N 02°09'32"W


Etching with engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B) | 25.1 x 38.3 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 723100

A view of Barcelona, defended by Catalan rebels and the French under the viceroy of Catalonia, Phillippe de la Motte-Houdancourt (1605-57) and John Gaspar Ferdinand de Marchin [or Marsin], comte de Granville (1601-73) and besieged between July 1651 and October 1652 by Spanish forces commanded by Don Juan de Austria (the Younger) (1629-79), resulting in the capitulation of the city on 13 October 1652. Catalan Revolt (1640-59). Oriented with west-north-west to top (compass rose indicates north-west to top).

The compass rose on this view appears to show that north-west (Maestro) is to top and, correspondingly, south-east (Scirroco) is to the bottom. However, west (Ponente) and east (Levante) are in their conventional positions for a north-pointing compass.

The title is top centre, in a banderole, to each side of the coat of arms of the dedicatee, Cardinal Gian Giacomo Teodoro Trivulzio (1597-3 August 1656).

  • Horatio Marinari (active 1634-56) (publisher) [bottom right, below key, in cartouche:] Oratio Marinari D.D.D. / Roma com licenza di superiori 1652


  • Watermark: Print: fleur-de-lys above three boulders, the letter A above. Mount: none.

    Condition: one fold line


  • 25.1 x 38.3 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    25.9 x 40.4 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Il uero disegno della Città di Barcellona assediata dalle Regali Arme di sua Maesta Cattolica / All’ e Cardinale Prencipe Triuultio delli suoi Consegli suppremi di Stato e Guerra: [top centre, in a banderole, to each side of the coat of arms of the dedicatee, Cardinal Gian Giacomo Teodoro Trivulzio (1597-3 August 1656)]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, in decorative oval cartouche, a key, A-I, K-Q.]


    George III heading: Barcelona taken by the Spaniards 11 Oct.r 1652.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil, erased:] Barcelona. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Barcelona Il vero Disegno della Citta di Barcelona, assediata dalle Regali Arme di S.M. Cattolica, 1652: da O. Marinari, 1652.

  • Subject(s)

    Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (41°23'19"N 02°09'32"W)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 3218

Page revisions

  • 25 May 2024