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Pierre Husson (1678-1733)

Battle of Poltava, 1709

PLAN / De la fameuse Bataille donnee / aux environs de / POLTAWA en UCRAINE / Entre l’Armee de / SA MAJESTÉ CSARIENNE / PIERRE I. EMPEREUR / de la / GRANDE RUSSIE / et celle de S.M. / LE ROY DE SUEDE CHARLES XII. / le 27... 1709 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand-coloured; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: not stated | RCIN 726028

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A map of the Battle of Poltava, fought on 8 July 1709 between the Russians, commanded by Peter I (the Great; 1672-1725) and Field Marshal Aleksandr Danilovich Menshikov (1673-1729), and the Swedes, commanded by Charles XII (1682-1718) and Field Marshal Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld (1651-1722), resulting in a Russian victory. Great Northern War (1700-1721). Oriented with north-east to top (compass rose).

The title appears in the top right, in a cartouche surmounted by the Russian coat of arms, around which hangs the Order of St Andrew and, to the left, a flag with the three crowns of Sweden and, to the right, another with the Swedish lion.

  • Pierre Husson (1678-1733) (publisher) [below title:] A la Haye chez Pierre Husson.

    Pieter van Call (active 1706-15) (engraver) [bottom left of title:] P.V. Cal. F.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: one fold line; some damage to map face along central fold. Verso: foxing; water-stained patch, shadow and ghosting from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: not stated

    50.0 x 58.7 cm (image)

    51.2 x 60.0 cm (platemark; bottom slightly trimmed)

    51.8 x 61.4 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN / De la fameuse Bataille donnee / aux environs de / POLTAWA en UCRAINE / Entre l’Armee de / SA MAJESTÉ CSARIENNE / PIERRE I. EMPEREUR / de la / GRANDE RUSSIE / et celle de S.M. / LE ROY DE SUEDE CHARLES XII. / le 27 Juin – 8 Juillet 1709. [top right, in cartouche surmounted by the Russian coat of arms, around which hangs the Order of St Andrew and, to the left, a flag with the three crowns of Sweden and, to the right, another with the Swedish lion]

    Inset:

    [top left, untitled: a small-scale map showing the position of Poltava in relation to the River Vorskla.] Scale: not stated. Size: 10.9 x 7.0 cm (neatline).

    Additional text:

    [left, in rectangular panel, a key, 1-22, and to the right 23-33, to the town and Russian garrison, Russian camps and trenches, Swedish camps and various military positions of both armies:] EXPLICATION.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Battle of Pultawa 8 July 1709.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, red pencil:] 3/23. (Verso) [top, right of centre, ink, obscured by white paper strip:] Pultawa; [top right, black pencil:] 1709; [top right, ink, obscured by linen backing:] 66; [right centre, red pencil, obscured by linen backing:] 23; [bottom, left of centre, black pencil, obscured by linen backing:] 23 [and:] 138; [bottom right, black pencil, obscured by linen backing, partly legible:] [?] 8 Juillet 1709.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Pultawa Plan de la Bataille donnée aux Environs de Poltawa en Ucraine entre l'Armée de l'Empereur de Russie Pierre I, et celle du Roy de Suede Charles XII, le 27 Juin (8 Juillet) 1709: chez Husson.

  • 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)

    Poltava, Poltavs'ka Oblast, Ukraine (49°35'37"N 34°32'26"E)

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