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Lewis Marcel (active 1723/4-1740)

Siege of Gibraltar, 1727

A Plan of the Front Atacked of / Gibraltar. / with the Ennemis Aproaches, as they are the 12:th day of June. O.S. 1727 1727 or later

Pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: 1:4,800 approx. | RCIN 727023

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A map of the siege of Gibraltar, 11 February-12 June 1727, by the Spanish, commanded by Cristóbal de Moscoso y Montemayor, against the British garrison who were supported by the navy, commanded by Admiral Sir Charles Wager (1666-1743). The Spanish withdrew from the siege. Anglo-Spanish War (1727-9). Oriented with east to top.

This map shows the Spanish trenches and assaults on the north side of the fortifications; lines of fire from the Spanish and British batteries are drawn. The state of the detail shown here is current for 23 June 1727 New Style.

  • Lewis Marcel (active 1723/4-1740) (draughtsman) [bottom left, following on from title:] Drawn by Lewis Marcel of Col:o Harrison’s Regi:t & one of y.e Injeneirs, of Gib:r

  • Watermark: Indistinct; fleur-de-lys in shield suspending a ‘4’ and the letters WR below; countermark indistinct

    Mark, stamped: 170

  • Scale: 1:4,800 approx. Scale bar: a scale of a Thousand feet. [63 mm =].

    52.8 x 72.0 cm (image and neatline)

    52.8 x 73.6 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A Plan of the Front Atacked of / Gibraltar. / with the Ennemis Aproaches, as they are the 12:th day of June. O.S. 1727. [bottom left]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, in rectangular panel, a key, A-I, K-T, V-X, Y-Z, 1-15, to the batteries and other significant features of the siege.]


    George III heading [on a white paper strip pasted to the verso:] Gibraltar 1727.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, black pencil:] G No 9.; [bottom centre, black pencil and red pencil, illegible and obscured by white paper strip.]

    George III catalogue entry:

    Gibraltar A drawn Plan of the Front attacked of Gibraltar, with the Enemy’s Approaches as they are the of June O.S. 1727: by Lewis Marcel Eng.r

  • 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)

    Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory (36°08'00"N 05°21'00"W)

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