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

Abraham Bosse (1604-76)

Siege of Privas, 1629

PLAN / de la Ville de PRIVAS auec / les fortifications dicelle Assiegee par le / Roy le de May 1629 et Rendue en / son obeisance le 1629 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper. Type B mount. | 37.5 x 53.6 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 722045

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A view of the siege, from 14 to 28 May 1629, of Huguenot-held Privas, commanded by Henri, duc de Rohan (21 August 1579-13 April 1638), by the French Royal army, under Louis XIII (27 September 1601-14 May 1643) and Henri de Schomberg (1575-17 November 1632), resulting in the capitulation of the town on 28 May. Huguenot Rebellions or Rohan Wars (1627-1629). Oriented with west-south-west to top.

Another example of this print is at RCIN 722039.j. A loose copy of this view, on a slightly reduced scale, lacking any lettering, follows p.63 of the third part of Les Triomphes de Louis le Juste, XIII (1649). The attribution to Abraham Bosse is made on stylistic grounds.

  • Abraham Bosse (1604-76) (printmaker)

    Melchior Tavernier (1594-1665) (publisher)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys shape with the central petal in the form of a trefoil on a long stem, two scrolled lines below

    Condition: two fold lines; one fold line to mount which does not coincide with the fold lines on the print; brown discolouration; pieces cut diagonally from mount, top right; surface dirt along left edge; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept above and below this map/print in a different collection are present on the recto and verso

  • 37.5 x 53.6 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    40.7 x 54.7 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN / de la Ville de PRIVAS auec / les fortifications dicelle Assiegee par le / Roy le de May 1629 et Rendue en / son obeisance le [bottom left, in a cartouche representing a banner]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, in rectangular panel, a key, A-I, K-O, to the town, batteries and named regiments of the French Royal army.]


    George III heading: Privas 14-26 May 1629.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil:] 1629. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] II/[3]8; [left of centre, black pencil:] II/38 [and] [red pencil, crossed out in black pencil:] 1/174.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Privas Plan de la Ville de Privas avec les Fortifications d’icelle, assiegée par le Roy le de May et rendue en son obeissance le 1629.

  • 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)

    Privas [Privaz], Rhône-Alpes, France (44°44ʹ00ʺN 04°36ʹ00ʺE)

  • 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 2907

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