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Other 17th-century conflicts

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


View of the siege of Pouzin, 1628 (Le Pouzin, Rhône-Alpes, France) 44°45ʹ06ʺN 04°44ʹ53ʺE

1628 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges left and bottom | 38.0 x 55.5 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 722046

A middle to high oblique view of Protestant-held Pouzin, besieged 25 May-3 June 1628, by Henri II de Montmorency (1595-30 October 1632), Governor of Languedoc, resulting in the capture of the town on 3 June 1628. Huguenot Rebellions or Rohan Wars (1627-1629). Oriented with west to top (cardinal points).

There is no accompanying text to explain the letters on the view. Another impression of this view in the Bibliothèque nationale de France has the missing dates in the title supplied in ink: 'le 3 juin mil six cens vint huit.' What appears to be a loose copy of this view, lacking all lettering and the cardinal point which is engraved in the river, is published in Les Triomphes de Louis le Juste, XIII (1649), following a brief note of the action on p.57. The date of 1629, given in the old catalogue, appears to be an error.

The attribution of the print to Beins and Bosse is made by François de Dainville p.72, who says: 'Ce plan anonyme, non daté, gravé par Abr. Bosse, a certainement été dessiné par J. de Beins.'

Another example of this print is at RCIN 722039.c.

  • Abraham Bosse (1604-76) (printmaker)

    After Jean de Beins (1577-1651) (draughtsman)

    Melchior Tavernier (1594-1665) (publisher)


  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys shape with the central petal in the form of a trefoil on a long stem, two scrolled lines below

    Condition: one fold line; creased; heavy surface dirt along left and right edges; diagonal pieces cut away from the mount top right and bottom right. Verso: mount cut down; traces of green paint or ink along right margin; heavy surface dirt along left edge; brown watery stain bottom centre; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept above and below this print in a different collection are present on the recto and verso

  • 38.0 x 55.5 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    40.5 x 51.0 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN du siege du POUZIN / en Viuaretz assiegee et rendue en lobeis: / sense du Roy le [blank space] mil [blank space]. [top left, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top left, below title, in title panel, a key, A-I, K-T, V, X-Z to the town, batteries, and named regiments of the besieging army.]


    George III heading: Pouzin 1629.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Pouzin Plan du Siege du Pouzin en Vivaretz assiegée et rendue en l’obeissance du Roy en 1629.

  • Subject(s)

    Le Pouzin, Rhône-Alpes, France (44°45ʹ06ʺN 04°44ʹ53ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    F. de Dainville, Le Dauphiné et ses confins vus par l’Ingénieur d’Henri IV Jean de Beins. Geneva: 1968, p. 72

    M. McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no 2908

Page revisions

  • 25 May 2024