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

Nicolas de la Fage (fl. c.1638-55)

Battle of Sant Llorenç de Montgai, 1645 1645 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edge, right | 24.2 x 43.5 cm (neatline and sheet) | RCIN 723058

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A high oblique view of the Battle of Sant Llorenç de Montgai, near Belaguer, fought on 22 June 1645 by the French, commanded by Henri de Lorraine, Count of Harcourt (20 March 1601-25 July 1666) and the Spanish, commanded by the Captain-General of the Catalonian army, Andrea Cantelmo (1598-1645) resulting in a French victory. Catalan Revolt (1640-1659). Oriented with west to top.

The view shows the several crossing points of the River Segre which were affected by Harcourt's troops and the battle which took place between Belaguer and Llorens (Sant Llorenç de Montgai). The towns of Lerida (Lleida 41°37ʹ00ʺN 00°37ʹ20ʺE), Corbins (41°41ʹ00ʺN  00°42ʹ00ʺE) and Camarasa (41°52ʹ29ʺN 00°522ʹ41ʺE) are also shown.

An oval shield, bottom left, bears a crowned eagle under a motto in banderole: ‘Soli / Tour’ and a similar oval shield, bottom right, shows a dog, standing facing right, below a motto in banderole beginning: FIDEL / IS. ET. AV / DAX. The coat of arms of Henri de Lorraine appears bottom centre.

  • Nicolas de la Fage (fl. c.1638-55) (etcher) [bottom right, below image:] NDelafage. F.

  • Watermark: Print: a bunch of grapes. Mount: none.

    Condition: one fold line; slight pressure marks to recto

  • 24.2 x 43.5 cm (neatline and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    34.1 x 51.0 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    None

    Additional text:

    [left, following on from title, a key, A-H.] [bottom centre, to each side of the coat of arms of Henri de Lorraine, Comte d'Harcourt:] Il ne se peut trouuer dobstacles / qui ne soint debiles et uains / Contre ce foudre de miracles / qui porte la palme en ses mains

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Segre 15-23 June 1645.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Segre Plan du Passage qu’a faict le Comte de Harcour a la Riviere de Segre en Catalogne du 15 jusqu’au 23 Juin 1645: par N. Delafage.

  • 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)

    Sant Llorenç de Montgai, Catalonia, Spain (41°52ʹ34ʺN 00°52ʹ43ʺE)

    River Segre, Catalonia, Spain

    Belaguer, Catalonia, Spain (41°47ʹ28ʺN 00°48ʹ39ʺE)

  • 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. 3169

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