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

Italian School, mid-17th Century

Siege of Sebenico, 1647 1647 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges right and bottom | 38.2 x 52.0 cm (neatline) | RCIN 723077

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A high oblique view of the Venetian port of Sebenico, besieged by the Turks in September 1647 during which a battle was fought between 9 and 16 of the month resulting in the lifting of the siege and the retreat of the Turks. Fifth Ottoman-Venetian War (1645-1669). Oriented with east-north-east to top (cardinal points).

The blank panels of this unfinished view would have been filled with the title and key to the letters and numbers on the drawing. It is very similar, though not identical, to RCIN 723076 (q.v.). A battle rages in the top right corner between the Christian forces, denoted by a flag with a cross, and the Turks, identified by flags showing a star, while Turkish troops in the background bear flags with just the crescent. Principal routes are coloured in red, as are some of the surrounding hills.

The unfinished coat of arms, top left, may be that of the Querini family of Venice which would have been a gold field with azure fess on which were three gold fleur-de-lis. See RCIN 723076 which was dedicated to Giacomo Querini, the Venetian ambassador to Spain.

  • Anonymous (mid-17th-century Italian hand) (cartographer)

  • Watermark: View: a crown. Mount: none. 

    Mark, stamped: 8

    Condition: eleven fold lines; heavy brown discolouration. Verso: heavily deposits of surface dirt

  • 38.2 x 52.0 cm (neatline)

    38.8 x 52.5 cm (image and sheet)

    40.8 x 53.3 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    [No title. ‘Borgo Sebenico’ is written to the blank area of the town. Unfinished high oblique view of the Siege of Sebenico, September 1647.]


    George III heading: Sebenico 9 Sep. 1647.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil:] 1647. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Sebenico A drawn Plan of Sebenico besieged by the Turks on the of Sept.r 1647.

  • 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)

    Šibenik, Šibensko-Kniniska, Croatia (43°43ʹ38ʺN 15°54ʹ21ʺE)

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