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

Adam Perelle (1640-95)

Salses-le-Château, 1642

SALCES / en Roussillon c. 1660

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edge right | 14.7 x 50.8 cm (neatline) | RCIN 723020

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A view of the Spanish fortress of Salces, defended by the Governor, Benito Henriquez de Quiroga and taken in on 15 September 1642 by French troops under the command of Charles de Schomberg, duc d'Halluin (16 February 1601-6 June 1656) and Charles de La Porte de La Meilleraye (1602-8 February 1664). Catalan Revolt (1640-1659).

This print was published, sometime between 1676 and 1694, in Sebastien de Beaulieu's Les Conquêtes de Louis le Grand (not present in RCIN 723027). The print could be published in at least two formats: 1) on its own, surrounded by a decorative engraved border; 2) pasted to the bottom of an upper sheet which contained a blank oval for the insertion of a portrait or armorials (see examples of other prints in RCIN 723027).

  • Adam Perelle (1640-95) (etcher) [bottom right, inside neatline:] A Perelle sculp.

  • Watermark: Print: cropped. Mount: none.

    Condition: one fold line

  • 14.7 x 50.8 cm (neatline)

    16.3 x 50.8 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    16.6 x 51.0 cm (sheet)

    18.7 x 52.6 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    SALCES / en Roussillon [top centre, in and below banderole]

    Additional text:

    [below view, a key, A-I, K-S, and a note, bottom right, on the geographical position of Salces and also on the casemates, contramines and ditches of the fortification.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Salces taken by Marshals Schomberg and Meilleraie in 1642.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top, black pencil, erased: the old heading]. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Salces Vue du Chasteau de Salces en Roussillon pris par les Mareschaux de Schomberg et de la Meilleraie en 1642: par Perelle.

  • 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)

    Salses-le-Château [Salces], Languedoc-Roussillon, France (42°50ʹ00ʺN 02°55ʹ00ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    J. A. de Abreu et al., Coleccion de los Tratados de Paz … hechos por los Pueblos, Reyes, Y Principes de España … hasta el feliz Reynado del Rey N.S.D. Fernando IV …, Madrid 1750, p.213 gives the name of the commander of Salses and the date of his surrender to Schomberg and Meilleraye in 1642

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 3107

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