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Pierre Denis Martin the Younger (1663-1741)

Battle of Lesnaya, 1708

ИЗОБРАЖЕНЇЕ БАТАЛЇИ МЕЖДУ ЧАСТЇЮ ВОЙСКЪ РОСЇЙСКИХЪ КОТОРЬІЯ БЬІЛИ ТОГДА ВЪ ПРЇСУДСТВЇИ КОМАНДЫ / ЕГО ЦАРСКАГО ВЕЛИЧЕСТВА ЇСВЂИСКЇХЪ ПД ОКОМАНДОЮ ГЕНЕРАЛА ГРАФА ЛЕВЕНГОУПТА ПРЇДЕРЕВНЂ ЛЕСНОЙ / КОТОРАЯ ОТЪ ПРОПОЙСКА ВЪ... 1720 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 51.5 x 71.2 cm (image) | RCIN 726011

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A view of the Battle of Lesnaya, fought on 28 September 1708 between the Russian army, commanded by Peter the Great (Pyotr Alexeyevich, 1672-1725), and the Swedish army commanded by General Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt (1659-1719), resulting in a Russian victory. The Great Northern War (1700-21).

This etching is attributed to Nicolas III de Larmessin in the description of a ‘Rare collection of Russion battle plates’ which formed Lot 6174 at the Stockholms Auktionsverk, Stockholm (1 October 2013). The entry for the engraving at Hermitage Inventory Number: ЗРГ-23486 does not identify which Nicolas de Larmessin was the engraver. Another engraving in the Hermitage, ЗРГ-33263, identifies the artist of the original drawing as Pierre Denis II Martin. These entries give the date of the engraving as after 1722.

  • Pierre Denis Martin the Younger (1663-1741) (draughtsman)

    ? Nicholas de Larmessin II (c.1645-1725) (engraver)

    ? Nicholas de Larmessin III (1684-1755) (engraver)

  • Watermark: On backing paper?: fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, the letters L V G below; countermark: I H S [with cross] above IVILLEDARY

    Condition: one fold line

  • 46.1 x 70.5 cm (neatline)

    51.5 x 71.2 cm (image)

    Not visible, either cropped or obscured by paper backing (platemark)

    53.0 x 72.7 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    ИЗОБРАЖЕНЇЕ БАТАЛЇИ МЕЖДУ ЧАСТЇЮ ВОЙСКЪ РОСЇЙСКИХЪ КОТОРЬІЯ БЬІЛИ ТОГДА ВЪ ПРЇСУДСТВЇИ КОМАНДЫ / ЕГО ЦАРСКАГО ВЕЛИЧЕСТВА ЇСВЂИСКЇХЪ ПД ОКОМАНДОЮ ГЕНЕРАЛА ГРАФА ЛЕВЕНГОУПТА ПРЇДЕРЕВНЂ ЛЕСНОЙ / КОТОРАЯ ОТЪ ПРОПОЙСКА ВЪ ДВУХЪ МИЛЯХЪ СЕНТЯБРЯ. ВЪ 28. ДЕНЬ. 1708. [across bottom of view, outside border]

    Annotations:

    George III heading [black pencil:] Military / Port folio No 3 view of the Battle of Liszus in which the swedes under General Lewenhaupt were defeated by the Csar on the 9th of October 1708 G.3 Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: the text of the old heading]; [left, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 52; [top left, black pencil:] 52; [bottom right, black pencil:] 1708-10.

    K. Mil. dummy sheet:

    Title [ink:] View of the Battle of Leszno in which the Swedes under General Lewenhaupt were defeated / by the Czar on the 9.th of Oct..r 1708 / Port-folio N.o [pencil:] 3 ... 2 Table [pencil, in a modern hand:] Naval Topog UL I [i.e. Upper Library room 1] / [old heading at foot of sheet:] Battle of Leszno 9 Oct.r 1708 / [red ink, bottom right:] Title in the Russian Language.
    Watermark: fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, the scrolled letter W below.
    Size: 48.2 x 33.3 cm (sheet).

    George III catalogue entry:

    Leszno View of the Battle of Leszno in which the Swedes under General Lewenhaupt were defeated by the Czar, Oct.r 9.th 1708.

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

  • Subject(s)
    Lyasnaya, Mahilyowskaya Voblast, Belarus (53°32'30"N 30°55'09"E)

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