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? Gabriel Delahaye (active 1689?-1723)

Milazzo, 1718

PLAN / de la ville & chateau de / MELAZZO / avec le Camp des Imperiaux, les ouvrages / & Retranchements des Assiegés. Et le / Camp des Espagnols, leurs attaques & / Trenchées 1718 or later

Pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: 1:32,500 approx. | RCIN 727012

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A map of Milazzo, besieged by the Spanish in 1718. War of the Quadruple Alliance (1718-20). Oriented with north to top (compass rose).

The tentative attribution of the draughtsmanship of this map to Gabriel Delahaye is based on the similarity of the formal calligraphy in the title and key, and the place-names on the map, and general style of cartography to that of other maps by him in this collection.

Shows the positions of the Spanish and Imperial (Habsburg) troops and the Spanish siege works. The English ships are probably part of the fleet commanded by Admiral Sir George Byng (1663-1733), who had arrived off the coast of Sicily in August 1718.

  • ? Gabriel Delahaye (active 1689?-1723) (draughtsman)

    Anonymous military engineer (surveyor) [top left, following on from title:] levé Sur les lieux par un / Ingenieur du Roy de Sardaigne

  • Watermark: Strasburg bend and lily

    Mark, stamped: 162

    Condition: one fold line; foxed

  • Scale: 1:32,500 approx. Scale bar: Echelle d'un mille d'Italie [57 mm =].

    43.4 x 55.3 cm (neatline)

    44.5 x 56.4 cm (image)

    46.2 x 57.9 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN / de la ville & chateau de / MELAZZO / avec le Camp des Imperiaux, les ouvrages / & Retranchements des Assiegés. Et le / Camp des Espagnols, leurs attaques & / Trenchées; [top left, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top left, below title, in rectangular panel, a key, A-I, K-O, to the castle, the walled town, the low town, the Imperial (Habsburg) camp, the trenches and works of the besieged, the Spanish camp, attacks, works and batteries:] RENVOY

    Annotations:

    George III heading [on white paper strip pasted to verso:] Melazzo besieged by the Spaniards in 1718.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom centre, red pencil, obscured by paper strip:] [?6/21]; [bottom centre, black pencil, obscured by paper strip:] [?VII/21]; [top left, obscured by linen backing, black pencil, partly legible:] [?] Melazzo [?].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Melazzo Plan dessiné de la Ville et Chateau de Melazzo avec le Camp des Imperiaux, les Ouvrages et Retranchements des Assiegés et le Camp des Espagnols leurs Attaques et Tranchées, 1718: levé par un Ingenieur du Roy de Sardaigne.

  • 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)

    Milazzo, Sicily, Italy (38°13ʹ16ʺN 15°14ʹ18ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    J.B. Hattendorf, ‘Byng, George, first Viscount Torrington (1663–1733)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004; online edn, Oct 2009

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