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Other 17th-century conflicts

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


View of La Rochelle, 1627 (La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes, France) 46°10ʹ00ʺN 01°09ʹ00ʺW 

published 1628

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B) | 38.6 x 51.3 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 722030

A high oblique view/map of La Rochelle, besieged by the French Catholic army, commanded by Armand Jean du Plessis, Cardinal-Duke of Richelieu (9 September 1585-4 December 1642) and defended by Benjamin de Rohan, duc de Soubise (1580-1642), from 1 September 1627 to the capitulation of the city on 28 October 1628. Huguenot Rebellions or Rohan Wars (1627-9). Oriented with north to top (compass rose).

The scene is dominated, in the foreground, by what appears to be Louis XIII’s flagship surrounded by smaller vessels of the French fleet. An example of this print, lacking the title, but in all other respects identical, was published in Les Triomphes de Louis le Juste, XIII (1649) following the printed description of the action on page 55 of the third part of the volume.

The armorials of France and Navarre appear top left to the left of the cartouche, and those of Bordeaux are to the right.

  • Jean Etienne Lasne (before 1590-1667) (engraver, publisher and printer)


  • Watermark: Bunch of grapes

    Condition: one fold line; creased; no gilt edges; there is offsetting from each half of the image onto the other half on the recto from the print having been stored folded in half; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept below this print in a different collection are present on the verso

  • 38.6 x 51.3 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN DE LA VILLE ET / DES ENVIRONS DE LA ROCHELLE / Ensemble des Forts redoutes et lignes de com: / munication digue et palissades que le Roy y a / faict faire pour L’enuironner [top left, in oval cartouche flanked, on the left, by the arms of France and Navarre above a crowned initial ‘L’ and, on the right, by the arms of Bordeaux]


    [top left, following on from title, in title cartouche:] Dedié a Messieurs Les Maire, et Iurats, / Gouuerneurs de Bourdeaus Ao 1628. / par Leur tres humble seruiteur Iehan / Estienne Lasne Graueur et Imprimeur / en taille douces.


    George III heading: Rochelle 1628.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Rochelle Plan de la Ville et des Environs de la Rochelle ensemble des Forts, Redoutes et Lignes de communication, Digues et Palissades que le Roy y a fait faire pour l’environner, 1628: par I.E. Lasne.

  • Subject(s)

    La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes, France (46°10ʹ00ʺN 01°09ʹ00ʺW)

  • 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. 2872

Page revisions

  • 25 May 2024