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John Cleeve Pleydell (1736-1816)

Chettaput, 1760 1760 or later

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:3,517 approx. | RCIN 733002

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A plan of the fort and pettah of Chetput, besieged and taken by the British, commanded by Colonel (later Sir), Eyre Coote (1726-83), 29 January 1760. Seven Years War (1756-63): Third Carnatic War (1757-63). Oriented with north to top? 

The attribution to Pleydell is made on stylistic grounds. This is one of fourteen manuscript plans in the collection by Pleydell of fortifications and/or actions during the Third Carnatic War (1757-63), which was part of the Seven Years War. They were all placed, in Cumberland's original collection, in Volume IV/70/1-14. Their current RCIN numbers are 732125, 732126, 733001, 733003-8, 733016.a, 733020, 733027, 733028. It is not known when they were drawn but it must have been sometime before Cumberland's death in 1765. The source material for this set of plans is unknown; there is no evidence to suggest that Pleydell ever went to India, and, in 1760, he was serving in Germany.

  • John Cleeve Pleydell (1736-1816) (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Strasburg bend and lily, the letters GR below

    Mark, stamped: 898

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: induced discolouration

  • Scale: 1:3,517 approx. Scale bar: [78 mm =] 300 y.s.

    28.2 x 36.6 cm (neatline)

    28.2 x 45.7 cm (image)

    30.1 x 47.2 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    No title

    Additional text:

    [left, down left side of map in plain rectangular panel, a key, A and B, to the fort, and a brief description of the recent history of the fort before the French retired to it following the Battle of Wandiwash (22 January 1760), and the succeeding siege by Sir Eyre Coote.]


    George III heading: Chettaput 29 Jan. 1760.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, ink:] IV/70/N.o 4; [top left, black pencil, erased:] Chettaput 29 Jan. 1760. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Chettaput A drawn Plan of the Fort of Chettaput, invested and taken by the English Army under the command of Colonel Coote on the of Jany 1760.

  • 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)

    Chetput, Tamil Nādu, India (12°28'00"N 79°21'00"E)

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