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John Call (1732-1801)

Pondicherry, 1760-61

To Charles Stevens Esq.r Rear Admiral of the Red Squadron of His Majestys Fleet, and Commander in Chief of the Naval Forces in India, This Plan of Pondichery and the Attacks is address’d By his Very Obedient Humble Servant... 1761

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on linen | Scale: 1:10,550 approx. | RCIN 733022

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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 appears to be a copy of RCIN 733021 (or vice versa) and shows the same detail.

  • John Call (1732-1801) (draughtsman) [bottom right, inside neatline, surveyor/draughtsman:] Pondicherry 6.th Febry 1761 J. Call Chief Eng.r.

  • Watermark: None

    Mark, stamped: 918

    Condition: no fold lines; surface dirt. Verso: induced discolouration

  • Scale: 1:10,550 approx. Scale bar: 600 yarden. [53 mm =].

    30.5 x 48.2 cm (neatline)

    32.4 x 56.5 cm (image)

    34.1 x 57.8 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    To Charles Stevens Esq.r Rear Admiral of the Red Squadron of His Majestys Fleet, and Commander in Chief of the Naval Forces in India, This Plan of Pondichery and the Attacks is address’d By his Very Obedient Humble Servant / John Call Chief Eng.r [bottom, across bottom of map, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

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

    Annotations:

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

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] XVI/81-b.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Pondicherry. A drawn Plan of Pondicherry with the Attacks of the English Army under the command of Colonel Coote in 1760 and 1761: by John Call chief Eng.r 6 Feb.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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