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John Call (1732-1801)

Pondicherry, 1760-61

PLAN of PONDICHERRY with It's Bounds Hedge, & the different Posts which form’d it’s Blockade, also the different Batteries and Attacks executed (also those intended) against it by The Army / under the command of Col:l Eyre... 1761

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on two pieces of very fine linen sewn together, perhaps a re-cycled garment | Scale: 1:10,550 approx. | RCIN 733021

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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-north-west to top (cardinal points). 

This is drawn to a larger scale than RCIN 733020 and shows more topographical detail; it is probable that it is the result of a ground survey by McCall. The detail of the city of Pondicherry, and of the citadel, is slightly different to that of RCIN 733020.

  • John Call (1732-1801) (draughtsman) [bottom left, inside text panel:] 25 Janry 1761 John Call Chf Engr.

  • Watermark: None

    Mark, stamped: 917

    Condition: one fold line; slight foxing; surface dirt along right edge. Verso: brown stains; induced discolouration

  • Scale: 1:10,550 approx. Scale bar: 600 yarden [52 mm =].

    28.5 x 47.9 cm (neatline)

    31.1 x 57.0 cm (image and sheet; sheet has been cropped)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN of PONDICHERRY with It's Bounds Hedge, & the different Posts which form’d it’s Blockade, also the different Batteries and Attacks executed (also those intended) against it by The Army / under the command of Col:l Eyre Coote; to whom it was surrender’d the 16:th day of Jan:y 1761 after a close investiture from the 27:th day of September 1760. [top, above border]

    Additional text:

    [left, down left side of map in rectangular panel, a key, A-H, J-K, to the redoubts and batteries and attacks on the city:] References to the Plan.

    Annotations:

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

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] XVI/81-a; [bottom right, red pencil:] 13/97-2 [the 97-2 is crossed out in black pencil]; [bottom right, black pencil:] XVI/81-a.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Pondicherry A drawn Plan of Pondicherry with its bounds Hedge and the different Posts which formed its Blockade also the different Batteries and Attacks executed (and likewise those intended) against it by the Army under the command of Colonel Eyre Coote: invested the 27.th of Sept.r 1760 and surrendered the 16.th of Jan.y 1761: by John Call chief Eng.r 25.th Jan.y 1761.

  • 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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