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? John Thomas (active 1739-d.1747)

Artillery park at George Stadt, 1741

A PLAN OF THE. / PARK of ARTILLERY at GEORGE = STADT CAMP in the Island of CUBA 1741 c.1741

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: 1:483 approx. | RCIN 728044

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A plan of the artillery park at the British encampment at George Stadt on the Guantánamo River, Cuba, in 1741. War with Spain (Jenkins's Ear) (1739-48): part of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48).

The grounds for the attribution, in the George III catalogue, to ‘Captain Thomas Eng.r’ are not known. According to Conolly (List 2, no.75, p.4), a Practitioner Engineer by the name of John Thomas saw service in Cartagena and died in Flanders in 1747. No other rank is given for him, although he may have held a captain's rank in the army. If this John Thomas is not the author of this map, then it is possible that the Captain referred to in the George III catalogue was a Captain of a Regiment of Foot who was temporarily appointed as an engineer.

According to RCIN 728042, the encamped regiments, under the command of General Wentworth and Brigadiers Blakeney and Lowther, were: Harrison's Wentworth's. Wolfes, Frazier's, Lowther's, Wyniards' Cockran's and Cotterel's. These regiments (or battalions from these regiments) had been present at Cartagena.

  • ? John Thomas (active 1739-d.1747) (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Mark, stamped: 272

    Condition: brown stains to both sides; some foxing. Verso: top left, water-stained patch from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:483 approx. Scale bar: A Scale of 200 Feet [126 mm =]

    33.8 x 46.0 cm (image and neatline)

    35.2 x 47.7 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A PLAN OF THE. / PARK of ARTILLERY at GEORGE = STADT CAMP in the Island of CUBA 1741. [top centre]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Encampment at George Stadt 1741.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil, erased:] 7. (Verso) [top left, red pencil:] 7/44; [bottom right, black pencil, trimmed:] 1741; [centre, red pencil:] 66.

    George III catalogue entry:

    George Stadt A drawn Plan of the Park of Artillery at George Stadt Camp in the Island of Cuba, 1741; [in red ink:] by Capt. Thomas Eng.r [The same entry appears under the heading Encampment.]

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints of Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Guantánamo River, near Guantánamo?, Cuba (20°08'40"N 75°12'33"W)

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