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Siege of Gibraltar, 1727

GIBRALTAR / A PLAN OF THE ENEMY’S APPROACHES 1727 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: 1:4,800 approx. | RCIN 727024

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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 heavy brush strokes which are used to depict the vertiginous sides of the Rock are typical of British Board of Ordnance draughting style which is very similar to that used by Paul Sandby (bap.1731-1809) for his depiction of the mountains on the Survey of Scotland (1727-55).

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, suspending a ‘4’ and the letters WR below; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 171

    Condition: one fold line; surface dirt recto and verso; foxing. Verso: fragments of Cumberland's cipher label remaining following its removal

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

    48.4 x 68.2 cm (image and neatline)

    51.8 x 71.0 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    GIBRALTAR / A PLAN OF THE ENEMY’S APPROACHES [bottom left]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, a key, A-I, K-S, to the batteries.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Gibraltar 1727.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom right, black pencil:] G-11; [bottom centre, red pencil, cropped:] 6/[?].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Gibraltar A drawn Plan of the Enemy’s Approaches to Gibraltar, 1727.

  • 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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