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? John Thomas (active 1739-d.1747)

Encampment at George Stadt, 1741

A PLAN of GEORGE = STADT = CAMP, near the RIVER GUANTAMANO, in the ISLAND of CUBA; / and also of the INTRENCHMENTS made on the adjacent Hills: Represented more at Large with their PROFILS c.1741

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: 1:3,000 approx. | RCIN 728043

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Plans of 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. Another manuscript copy of this map by John Thomas is in the Library of Congress Call Number G4922.G83R4 1741.T5 Vault. This bears the following inscription in the rectangular space at the bottom of the map: ‘To HIS GRACE IOHN DUKE of MONTAGU this PLAN is most humbly Dedicated by HIS GRACE.S most Humble and Dutifull Servant: Iohn = Thomas.’

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.

Another manuscript copy of this map, attributed to Captain John Thomas, is at RCIN 728042.

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

  • Watermark: None visible on map. On white paper strip on verso, cropped: O [P] D / E [L] [?] / 181.

    Mark, stamped: 271

    Condition: one fold line; brown staining; some foxing. Verso: surface dirt

  • Scale: 1:3,000 approx. Scale bar: A Scale of 2000 Feet [203 mm =].

    37.7 x 70.0 cm (neatline)

    52.5 x 71.7 cm (image)

    54.8 x 73.7 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A PLAN of GEORGE = STADT = CAMP, near the RIVER GUANTAMANO, in the ISLAND of CUBA; / and also of the INTRENCHMENTS made on the adjacent Hills: Represented more at Large with their PROFILS. [top, in plain rectangular panel across top of map]


    [top left, a plan of the hospital and adjacent fortified line.] Scale: Scale for the Profil [86 mm = 140 Feet], 1:496 approx. Scale for the Plan [86 mm = 200 Feet], 1:708 approx. Size [irregular shape, maximum dimensions:] 27.7 x 20.2 cm. [Top right, two plans and three profiles of the intrenchments on the hill.] Scale: Scale for the Plans [38 mm = 100 Feet], 1:802 approx. Scale for the Profil [51 mm = 20 feet], 1:304 approx. Size: 9.3 x 10.8 cm; [irregular shape, maximum dimensions:] 17.6 x 15.6 cm.

    Additional text:

    REFERENCES [bottom, below map, in rectangular panel in four columns, a key, A-I, K-W, t-y, to the camp and field fortifications:]; [and another key, a-i, k-s, to the regiments and the location of different sections of the camp.] 


    George III heading: Encampment at George Stadt 1741 [on a strip of white paper pasted to the verso of the linen backing:].

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [right, centre, black pencil, illegible, place-name?].

    George III catalogue:

    George Stadt [Another copy of D.o [i.e. RCIN 728042]. [The same entry appears under the heading Encampment.]]

  • 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)

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

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