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John Call (1732-1801)

Map of Pondicherry, 1760-61 (Puducherry, Tamil Nādu, India) 11°55'48"N 79°49'48"E c.1761

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | Scale: 1:41,300 approx. Scale bar: 2 Miles [78 mm =]. (scale) | RCIN 733023

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A map of Pondicherry and environs showing the positions of the British troops, commanded by Colonel (later Sir), Eyre Coote (1726-83), during their siege of the city between 27 September 1760 and the surrender by the French on 16 January 1761. Seven Years War (1756-63): Third Carnatic War (1757-63). Oriented with west to top (cardinal points). 

This map shows a greater area than the two plans in this collection by John Call (RCINs 733021, 733022) and, in geographical extent, more nearly resembles Pleydell's map at RCIN 733020. The positions of the French and English redoubts are shown together with various march routes.

  • John Call (1732-1801) (draughtsman) [right centre, below title, surveyor:] By J. CALL, / Chief Engineer. [date added in manuscript:] Jan.y 27th 1761.

    Thomas Jefferys (c. 1719-71) (engraver) [bottom right, between border and platemark, engraver:] T. Jefferys Sculp.

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: creased; top left corner diagonally cut off; diagonal cut to bottom edge. Verso: surface dirt

  • Scale: 1:41,300 approx. Scale bar: 2 Miles [78 mm =].

    22.0 x 27.2 cm (neatline)

    22.5 x 27.4 cm (image)

    23.5 x 29.4 cm (platemark)

    23.9 x 29.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    A PLAN / of the / Country round / PONDICHERRY [right centre]


    George III heading: Pondicherry 27 Sep. 1760 - 16 Jan. 1761.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [below title, ink:] Jan.y 27th 1761. (Verso) [top left, black pencil, erased:] XVI/5[2].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Pondicherry A Plan of the Country round Pondicherry, with the operations of the British Army against that place in 1760 and 1761: by J. Call chief Eng.r Jan.y 1761: engraved by T. Jefferys.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Puducherry, Tamil Nādu, India (11°55'48"N 79°49'48"E)

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