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

Pierre Miotte (active 1640-60)

Barcelona, 1652

NOVA E VERA DESCRITTIONE DELLA CITTA DI BARCELLONA ASSEDIÁTA DELL’ ARMATA DI S.a MAESTA CATTOLICA published 1652

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edge to top | 19.9 x 24.2 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 723099

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A view of Barcelona, defended by Catalan rebels and the French under the viceroy of Catalonia, Phillippe de la Motte-Houdancourt (1605-24 March 1657) and John Gaspar Ferdinand de Marchin [or Marsin], Comte de Granville (1601-1673) and besieged between July 1651 and October 1652 by Spanish forces commanded by Don Juan de Austria (the Younger) (7 April 1629-17 September 1679), resulting in the capitulation of the city on 13 October 1652. Catalan Revolt (1640-1659). 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.

  • Pierre Miotte (active 1640-60) (etcher) 

  • Watermark: Map: coat of arms. Mount: none.

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: heavy deposit of surface dirt along left edge

  • 19.9 x 24.2 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    23.4 x 28.1 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    NOVA E VERA DESCRITTIONE DELLA CITTA DI BARCELLONA ASSEDIÁTA DELL’ ARMATA DI S.a MAESTA CATTOLICA [across top of print]

    Dedication:

    [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):] All’ Em.mo e R.mo Sig.re Card.le Principe Triuultio delli Consegli Suppremi di Stato e Guer. di S.M.C.

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below view, in six columns, a key, A-I, K-T, V, X-Z and 1-20.]

    Annotations:

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

    Other inscriptions: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Barcelona Nova et vera Descrittione della Citta di Barcelona, assediata del’ Armata di S.M. Cattolica, 1652; da P. Miotte, 1652.

  • 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)

    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. 3217

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