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Pierre Denis Martin the Younger (1663-1741)

Battle of Poltava, 1709

ВОБРАЖЕНЇЕ ПРЕСЛАВНОЙ БАТАЛЇИ МЕЖДУ ВОЙСКЪ РОСЇЙСКИХЪ ІСВЂЙСКЇХЪ ВПРЇСУТСТВЇИ БЬЇСОКОЙ КОМАНДЫ / НАДЪРОСЇЙСКИМИ ВОЙСКАМИ ЕГО ЦАРСКАГО БЕЛИЧЕСТВА ВСЕРОСЇЙСКАГО ПЕТРА ПЕРВАГО НАДСВЂЙСКЇМИ ЕГО / КОРОЛЕВСКАГО ВΕЛИЧЕСТВА... 1722 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 51.2 x 71.7 cm (image) | RCIN 726029

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A view 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).

The George III catalogue entry refers to ‘Two views’ of the Battle but only one view is present in the collection. This view was made either by Nicolas II de Larmessin (1640-1725) or Nicolas III de Larmessin (1684-1755).

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

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

  • Watermark: Faint, on backing paper?: fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, a bell or beehive and [C & I HONIG] below; no countermark visible

    Condition: one fold line

  • 45.9 x 71.0 cm (neatline)

    51.2 x 71.7 cm (image)

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

    52.8 x 73.1 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    ВОБРАЖЕНЇЕ ПРЕСЛАВНОЙ БАТАЛЇИ МЕЖДУ ВОЙСКЪ РОСЇЙСКИХЪ ІСВЂЙСКЇХЪ ВПРЇСУТСТВЇИ БЬЇСОКОЙ КОМАНДЫ / НАДЪРОСЇЙСКИМИ ВОЙСКАМИ ЕГО ЦАРСКАГО БЕЛИЧЕСТВА ВСЕРОСЇЙСКАГО ПЕТРА ПЕРВАГО НАДСВЂЙСКЇМИ ЕГО / КОРОЛЕВСКАГО ВΕЛИЧЕСТВА КАРОЛА XII, УЧЇНЇВШЕЙСЯ НЕПОДАЛЕКУ ОПОЛТАВЫ ЮНЇЯ ВЪ 27 ДЕНЬ 1709 [below view]

    Annotations:

    George III heading [black pencil:] Military / Port folio No 3 / Battle of Pultawa July 8 - 1709 G.3

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil, cropped:] 24 [or 29]. (Verso) [right of old heading, black pencil:] - 29?; [above old heading, black pencil, obscured by paper backing: text of old heading]; [left centre, black pencil, obscured by paper backing:] 54; [bottom right, black pencil:] 1709-8 [sic]; [top left, black pencil:] 54.

    K. Mil. dummy sheet:

    Title [ink:] Two Views of the Battle of Pultawa in which Charles XII was defeated by the Czar Peter on the / 27th of June 1709 O.S. / Port-folio N.o [black pencil:] 3 ..... 2 Table [in a modern hand:] Naval Topog UL I / [George III heading at foot of page:] Battle of Pultawa 8 July 1709 [in red ink, bottom right:] Title in the Russian Language.
    Watermark: crown above fleur-de-lys in shield, a scrolled W below.
    Size: 48.2 x 33.2 cm (sheet).

    George III catalogue entry:

    Pultawa Two views of the Battle of Pultawa in which Charles XII was defeated by the Czar Peter on the 27.th June O.S. 1709.

  • 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)

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

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