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Siege of St Sebastian, 1719

PLAN De la VILLE et du Chateau / et PORT du St: SEBASTIAN / Ataqué par les Anglois dan les du Moy Maÿ / l’Anné 1719 1719 or later

Pen, ink and watercolour on paper; gilt edges | Scale: not stated. 1:6,000 approx. | RCIN 727015

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A map of the siege of St Sebastian by the British, May-17 August 1719. War of the Quadruple Alliance (1718-19). Oriented with north-north-west to top (compass rose).

This plan has been removed from a volume, made about 1719 or later, of manuscript maps and plans of sieges. Other maps, perhaps in a different hand but, apparently from the same volume, are scattered throughout the collection: RCINs [724061], [724090], 725007, 725009, 725011, 725013, 725021, 725023, 725027, 725030, 725032, 725041, [725044], 725045, 725047, [725055], 725074, 725087, 725098, 726007, 726014, 726022, 726041, 726045, 726053, 726065, 726073, 726080, 726086, 726090, 727004, 727007, 727011, 727013, 727014.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys

    Mark, stamped: 164

    Condition: one fold line; top left small tear; offsetting of image on recto as a result of the map having been folded when bound into a volume. Verso: induced discolouration; remains of old guard; some foxing

  • Scale: not stated. 1:6,000 approx.

    45.5 x 64.0 cm (neatline)

    46.3 x 64.9 cm (image)

    52.8 x 73.8 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN De la VILLE et du Chateau / et PORT du St: SEBASTIAN / Ataqué par les Anglois dan les du Moy Maÿ / l’Anné 1719. [top left, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top right, in rectangular panel, a key, 1-17, to the batteries and siege works and fortifications:] Renvoÿs de Chiffres Marcués sur l’Ataque.


    George III heading: S.t Sebastian May - 17 August 1719.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, ink:] 125. (Verso) [top right, ink:] 125; [top right, black pencil:] 125; [bottom centre, red pencil:] 6/23; [bottom centre, black pencil, erased:] [?VII/23].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Sebastian, S.t Plan dessiné de la Ville et du Chateau et Port de S.t Sebastian, attaqué par les Anglois dans le Mois de May et pris le 17 Aout 1719.

  • 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)

    San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain (43°18'46"N 01°58'30"W)

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