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Other 17th-century conflicts

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

? ADAM PERELLE (1640-95)

View of the siege of Monzón, 1642 (Monzón [Monçon], Aragon, Spain) 41°54ʹ39ʺN 00°11ʹ39ʺE

c. 1660

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges right and bottom | 14.5 x 50.5 cm (neatline) | RCIN 723019

A view of Monzón, besieged by the French army, commanded by Philippe de la Mothe-Houdancourt (1605-24 March 1657), French Vice-Roy of Catalonia, from sometime in the late Spring until it surrendered on 4 June of that year. Catalan Revolt (1640-1659).

This print was published, sometime between 1676 and 1694, in Sebastien de Beaulieu's Les Conquêtes de Louis le Grand (not present in RCIN 723027). The print was published in at least two formats: 1) on its own, surrounded by a decorative engraved border; 2) pasted to the bottom of an upper sheet which contained a blank oval for the insertion of a portrait or armorials (see examples of other prints in RCIN 723027 and, for an example of this print with oval, see the Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya). 

The attribution of the etching to Adam Perelle is made on stylistic grounds and on the basis that he etched several views for Beaulieu's work, but so also did Gabriel Perelle (although he died in 1677 and produced fewer views), and an N. Perelle.

Spaces have been left in the note, bottom right, for the values of the longitude and latitude of Monzón.

Israel (p.88), states that the French army invaded Aragon after reaching Lérida in Spring, taking Monzón in June.

  • ? Adam Perelle (1640-95) (etcher)


  • Watermark: Print: none visible. Mount: none.

    Condition: one fold line

  • 14.5 x 50.5 cm (neatline)
    15.8 x 50.5 cm (image)
    cropped (platemark)
    16.3 x 50.6 cm (sheet)
    19.4 x 52.7 cm (mount)
  • Printed title:

    MONSON. / en Aragon [top centre, in and below banderole]

    Additional text:

    [below bottom of print, a key, A-I, K-P.]


    George III heading: Monçon taken by Marshal de la Mothe 4 June 1642.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil:] 1642; [bottom right, below view, black pencil: the old heading?]. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Monçon Vue de la Ville de Monçon en Aragon prise par le Mareschal de la Mothe le 4 de Juin 1642.

  • Subject(s)

    Monzón [Monçon], Aragon, Spain (41°54ʹ39ʺN 00°11ʹ39ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    J. Israel, Conflicts of Empires: Spain, the Low Countries and the struggle for world supremacy, 1585-1713, London 1997

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 3106

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  • 25 May 2024