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Siege of Koknese, 1700

A Plan of kokenhouse in Livo / nia 12 Livonian or 42 English / Miles from Riga, Besiedged by / the Saxon Army Consisting of / 9000 Foot, and 5000 Horse. / The Trenches were opened the / 29th of September 1700 and sur... 1700 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: 1:900 approx. | RCIN 724093

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A plan of the siege of Koknese [Kokenhausen] by the Saxon army on 29 September 1700, resulting in the capitulation of the town on 4 October. Great Northern War (1700-1721). Oriented with north-north-east to top.

The style of cartography, particularly the use of painterly brush strokes and a dark wash in the delineation of relief, is typical of the Board of Ordnance style in the early to mid-eighteenth century, though this is more reminiscent of the earlier years.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield suspending a ‘4’, the letters WR below. On white paper strip pasted to verso, cropped: G / [?] N

    Mark, stamped: 60

    Condition: no fold lines; surface dirt along left edge; five holes punched along left and right edges. Verso: brown discolouration; heavy surface dirt along left edge

  • Scale: 1:900 approx. Scale bar: A Scale of Feet [69 mm =] 200.

    31.8 x 44.0 cm (image and neatline)

    32.3 x 45.2 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A Plan of kokenhouse in Livo / nia 12 Livonian or 42 English / Miles from Riga, Besiedged by / the Saxon Army Consisting of / 9000 Foot, and 5000 Horse. / The Trenches were opened the / 29th of September 1700 and sur / rendred the 4.th of October. [top right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top right, in rectangular panel, a key, A-I, K-M, to the old castle, new field works, batteries, military positions, roads and rivers.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Kokenhausen 29 Sep – 4 Oct. 1700.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] K /4 [and, black pencil:] IV/113; [top right, obscured by white paper strip:] Kokenhousen; [bottom right, obscured by white paper strip, black pencil and crossed out in red pencil:] 60/45 [and:] 4/[?]-2.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Kokenhausen A drawn Plan of Kokenhausen in Livonia besieged by the Saxon Army 29.th Sept.r and surrendered the 4.th Oct.r 1700.

  • 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)

    Koknese [Kokenhausen], Koknese, Latvia (56°42ʹ37ʺN 25°27ʹ48ʺE)

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