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


Siege of Valenciennes, 1676-7 1676 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:1,000 approx. | RCIN 724013

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An unfinished plan of the siege of Valenciennes, carried out from November 1676 by the French army under the command of Louis XIV, Louvois, and Vauban, resulting in the capitulation of the town by the Imperial (Holy Roman Empire) forces on 17 March 1677. Franco-Dutch War (1672-8). Oriented with south-east to top. 

A rectangle surmounted by a semi-circular space, bottom right of the plan, has been left blank for the later insertion of a title and explanatory text. The positions of the batteries, sited along the trenches of the approach works, is shown together with the line of direction of fire of the cannon. No mortar batteries appear to be shown (the trajectory of the line of mortar fire was conventionally shown by a curved line). The approach roads to the town are depicted as running along sunken hollows.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Indistinct: the letters C T separated by an indistinct design in an oval-ended oblong cartouche

    Mark, stamped: 13

    Condition: two fold lines. Verso: induced discolouration

  • Scale: not stated. 1:1,000 approx.

    38.1 x 45.7 cm (neatline)

    39.0 x 46.5 cm (image)

    39.8 x 48.6 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    No title


    George III heading: The Siege of Valenciennes in 1676.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil: illegible.] (Verso) [top left, black pencil, cropped:] IV[/?]; [top right, ink, crossed out in black pencil:] 31.; [top right, black pencil:] 1; [bottom right, ink, crossed out in black pencil:] 31; [bottom right, red pencil:] 3/101 [the ‘101’ crossed out in black pencil]; [bottom right, black pencil:] IV/35; [bottom, left of centre, in Mason's hand?:] 34

    George III catalogue entry:

    Valenciennes A drawn Plan of the Attacks of Valenciennes in 1676.

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France (50°21'00"N 03°32'00"E)

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