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

François Collignon (c.1610-87)

Strait of the Dardanelles, 1657

Vero Dessegno del Combatimento conseguito a Dardanelli dall’ Armata della / Serenissima Republica di Venetia contro Turchi sotto il comando del’ gia Ill.m / et Ecc.mo Sig.r Lazaro Mocenigo K. Pr Capitan Genāl. da... 1657 or later

Etching; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edge left | 34.4 x 23.1 cm (image and neatline) | RCIN 723112

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A high oblique view of the Fourth Battle of the Dardanelles, fought 17-19 July 1657 between the Ottoman fleet, commanded by Topa Mehmed Pasha and the combined fleets of Venice, Order of St John (Malta) and the Papal States, commanded by Lazzaro Mocenigo resulting in the breaking by the Ottomans of the Venetian blockade of the Straits. Cretan War (Fifth Ottoman-Venetian War) (1645-69). Oriented with east to top (compass rose).

This print is very similar to RCIN 723111 and appears to be a substantial re-working of it.

  • François Collignon (c.1610-87) (printmaker and publisher) [right centre, bottom of key:] fran.co Collignon Sculp. / Romæ con licentia de Sup / Imparione. / [What appears to have been Marinari’s name has been erased.]

  • Watermark: Map: bird in circle. Mount: none.

    Condition: no fold lines. 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

  • 34.4 x 23.1 cm (image and neatline)

    cropped (platemark)

    34.6 x 23.3 cm (sheet)

    37.6 x 27.5 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Vero Dessegno del Combatimento conseguito a Dardanelli dall’ Armata della / Serenissima Republica di Venetia contro Turchi sotto il comando del’ gia Ill.m / et Ecc.mo Sig.r Lazaro Mocenigo K. Pr Capitan Genāl. da Mar. Segui li 17. 18 e’ 19 Luglio 1657 [across top]

    Additional text:

    [right, in rectangular panel, a key, A-H, O-T.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Naval Engagement in the Dardanelles 17, 18 and 19 July 1657.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil:] Dardanelles; [bottom left, black pencil under old heading, the old heading.] (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Dardanelles Vero Dessegno del Combatimento conseguito a Dardanelli dall’ Armata della Ser. Republica di Venetia contro Turchi, sotto il comando di Lazaro Mocenigo, li 17, 18 e 19 Luglio 1657: da F. Collignon. [The same entry appears under the heading Naval Engagement.]

  • From the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-1657) or acquired by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-89) who inherited Cassiano's collection and added to it; 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)

    Dardanelles, Turkey (40°13ʹ52ʺN 26°28ʹ47ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 3230

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