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Jean-Baptiste (active 1707?-1736)

Gibraltar, 1727

CARTE DE LA BAYE DE GIBRALTAR / ET DE SES ENVIRONS Du 7e Avril 1727 published 1727

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | Scale: 1:58,500 approx. | RCIN 727020

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A map of the siege of Gibraltar, 11 February-12 June 1727, by the Spanish, commanded by Cristóbal de Moscoso y Montemayor, against the British garrison who were supported by the navy, commanded by Admiral Sir Charles Wager (1666-1743). The Spanish withdrew from the siege. Anglo-Spanish War (1727-9). Oriented with south to top (compass rose).

This shows the sea assault conducted by Sir Charles Wager, and the Spanish camps. The map covers the coastline from east of Gibraltar to south-west of Cap Cabrero (Punta del Carnero 36°04ʹ37ʺN 05°25ʹ32ʺW).

  • Jean-Baptiste (active 1707?-1736) (publisher) [top left, below key:] Se Vend a Paris Chez le S.r Delure Quay de lHorloge / a l’image Notre Dame. Avec Privilege du Roy 1727.

    Antoine Coquart (active 1700-1735) (engraver) [bottom right, inside neatline:] AC.

  • Watermark: Bunch of grapes and initials H [?] then a heart then [?C] M in a cartouche

    Condition: one fold line; trimmed close to platemark

  • Scale: 1:58,500 approx. Scale bar: Echelle de Trois Mille Toises [100 mm =].

    37.6 x 28.1 cm (neatline)

    42.1 x 29.5 cm (image)

    42.7 x 32.3 cm (platemark)

    43.0 x 32.5 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    CARTE DE LA BAYE DE GIBRALTAR / ET DE SES ENVIRONS Du 7e Avril 1727. [top, above map, outside border]

    Additional text:

    [top left, a key, A-H, to features in and around Gibraltar:] Renvoi des Lettres qui se trouvent / dans le Plan.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Gibraltar 1727.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, red pencil:] 6/31; [bottom left, black pencil, erased and partly legible:] VII/[?].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Gibraltar Carte de la Baye de Gibraltar et de ses Environs, assiegé par les Espagnols en Avril 1727: chez Delure 1727.

  • 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)

    Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory (36°08'00"N 05°21'00"W)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    D. Baugh, ‘Wager, Sir Charles (1666–1743)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008

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