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

Marco Boschini (1613-81)

Siege of Souda, 1646 1646 or later

Etching; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges right and bottom | 30.4 x 41.5 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 723078

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A high oblique view of the unsuccessful Turkish siege of the fortress on the little island of Souda in Souda Bay, north-west Crete, on 21 July 1646, showing the Venetian relief fleet at the mouth of the bay. Souda island remained in Venetian hands until the early eighteenth century. Cretan War (Fifth Ottoman-Venetian War) (1645-1669). Oriented with north to top (compass rose). 

The date 1647 which is given in the George III heading would appear to be a mistake.

  • Marco Boschini (1613-81) (etcher and dedicator) [bottom left, below key:] Humiliss.o et Diuotiss.o / Marco Boschini int.o et de.a

  • Watermark: Print: three petalled flower on three hills. Mount: none.

    Condition: one fold line

  • 30.4 x 41.5 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    40.3 x 51.6 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:



    [bottom left, in rectangular cartouche representing a stone plinth surmounted by the arms of Gonzaga:] All' et Sig.r Sig.r Pro'n / Il Sig.r D. Camillo Gonzaga di Marchesi di Mantoua Prencipe / del Sacro Romano Imperio, / Generale dell' Artiglieria, / et Gou.r Gen'le dell' / Armi del Regno / di Candia per la / Sig.ria di / Venetia.

    Additional text:

    [left, below dedication, in dedication cartouche, a key, A-I, K-T, V to places, buildings and military installations.]


    George III heading: Suda 1647.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil:] 1647; [left edge, black pencil:] Suda 1647. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] III/103.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Suda L’Assedio della Fortezza della Suda da Turchi 1647: da Marco Boschini.

  • 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)

    Nisí Soúda [Souda, Suda], Crete, Greece (35°29ʹ19ʺN 24°09ʹ09ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    The date of 21 July 1646 for the siege is given in a Turkish chronology of the Sultans

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 3201

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