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Other 17th-century conflicts

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


View of the Battle of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Île de Ré and La Rochelle, 1625 (Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Poitou-Charentes, France) 46°12ʹ11ʺN  01°22ʹ02ʺW; (Île de Ré, Poitou-Charentes, France) 46°12ʹ00ʺN&n

1625 or later

Engraved and etched view with letterpress text printed on one sheet of paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type A); gilt edges top, right and bottom | 25.8 x 36.7 cm (image and neatline of view) | RCIN 722017

A middle oblique view of the naval Battle of Saint-Martin de Ré, fought on 15 September 1625 between the Huguenot fleet of La Rochelle, commanded by Admiral Jean Guiton (2 July 1585-15 March 1654) and Admiral Benjamin de Rohan, Duke of Soubise (1580-1642) and the royal French fleet, commanded by Louis XIII (27 September 1601-14 May 1643), Charles de Lorraine, 4th Duke of Guise (2 august 1571-30 September 1640), Henri II de Montmorency (1595-30 October 1632) and Admiral Willem de Zoete, Heer Haultain (1565-26 September 1637) resulting in a royalist victory and the re-taking of the Île de Ré by Catholic forces. Huguenot Rebellions or Rohan Wars (1625). Oriented with south to top. 

This view shows the sinking of several of the ships of the Huguenot La Rochelle fleet (marked 'S B', perhaps for Soubise), the sails of the French Catholic ships and some of the Dutch vessels sport a fleur-de-lys while the Duke of Soubise can be seen at the top of the print, jumping from his ship into a rowing boat and fleeing back to La Rochelle.

  • Antoine Crues (active 1625) (publisher) [bottom of text:] A Lyon, par ANTOINE CRVES, demeurant en rüe Merciere deuant Sainct Antoine, chez Monsieur Marchand, AVEC PERMISSION.


  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: three fold lines; creased; brown and discoloured; the ink framing lines on the mount are drawn to fit the irregular shape of the image; left edge of mount cut down; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept below this print in a different collection are present on the verso

  • 25.8 x 36.7 cm (image and neatline of view)

    cropped (platemark)

    51.9 x 38.4 cm (image and sheet of whole object)

    54.8 x 41.5 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    REPRESENTATION AV VRAY DE L’ENTIERE / deffaitte du Sieur de Soubise, & de l’armée Rocheloise, auec la prinse de l’Isle de Ré, par Monseigneur / l’Admiral de Montmorancy, le 15. de Septembre 1625. / Où se verra un abregé des Rebellions du Sieur de Soubise, faictes contre son Roy. [no title on map; title on accompanying letterpress text]

    Additional text:

    [below the print, title as given above, an account of the action and the events leading up to it from 12 September onwards, together with a key, A-H to the letters engraved on the print.]


    George III heading: Naval Engagement off the Island of Sep.r 1625.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 1625. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

     Representation de l’entiere deffaitte du S.r de Soubise et de l’Armée Rocheloise avec la prinse de l’Isle de Re par l’Admiral de Montmorancy le 15 de 1625: avec une Description, chez A. Crues. [The same entry appears under the heading Naval Engagement]

  • Subject(s)

    Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Poitou-Charentes, France (46°12ʹ11ʺN  01°22ʹ02ʺW)

    Île de Ré, Poitou-Charentes, France (46°12ʹ00ʺN  01°25ʹ00ʺE)

    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. 2853

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  • 23 May 2024