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? John Cleeve Pleydell (1736-1816)

Gingee, 1761

Gingy, the once famous Capital of a Kingdome so call’d, but of late years under the immediate Government of the Nabobs of Arcott. NB The exteriour part / of the wall is recon’d 7 miles round c.1761-5

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:10,000 approx. | RCIN 733027

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A plan of Gingee, besieged by the British, commanded by Captain Stephen Smith on 17 January 1761 and taken on 4 April. Seven Years War (1756-63): Third Carnatic War (1757-63). Oriented with west to top (cardinal points). 

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, 733001-8, 733016.a, 733020, 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.

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

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, a ‘4’ suspending the letters L V G below; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 922

    Condition: one fold line; brown discolouration. Verso: induced discolouration

  • Scale: not stated. 1:10,000 approx.

    24.3 x 24.9 cm (neatline)

    26.7 x 46.2 cm (image)

    32.2 x 49.5 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Gingy, the once famous Capital of a Kingdome so call’d, but of late years under the immediate Government of the Nabobs of Arcott. NB The exteriour part / of the wall is recon’d 7 miles round. [bottom, below border]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Gingy 17 Jan.+ 4 April 1761.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, ink:] IV/70./13. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] XVI/[32-n]; [along right edge, black pencil, place names?:] Arc[ott] Chelumbrum Chettaput[?] Villen[are] [rest illegible].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Gingy A drawn Plan of Gingy invested by the English under the command of Captain Stephen Smith on the 17.th of Jan.y and taken on the 4.th of April 1761.

  • 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)

    Gingee, Tamil Nādu, India (12°15'00"N 79°25'00"E)

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