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Siege of Wismar, 1715-16

Accurater Abriss der Stadt und Festung / WISMAR. / samt bloquirung derselben von den Köigl Däni - / schen und Preusischen Trouppen Aō: 1715 1715 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:55,000 approx. | RCIN 726085

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A map of the siege of Wismar (25 June 1715-19 April 1716) in 1715, by a combined Danish, Prussian and Hanoverian army commanded by the Danish General Franz Joachim von Dewitz (1666-1719) and another Danish General, Friedrich von Legardt, who was under the orders of the Prussian General George Friedrich von der Albe (1662-1717), resulting in the capitulation of the Swedish-held town. Great Northern War (1700-1721). Oriented with north to top.

This map shows the encamped regiments, with the names of brigade officers, encircling the town. The area shown extends from about Eggersdorff (Eggerstorf 53°55'46"N 11°21'38"E) in the north-west to east of Strömkendorf (53°57'38"N 11°29'20"E) in the north-east, and from south-west of Mecklenburg (53°50'33"N 11°27'47"E) in the south-west to about Libau (Lübow 53°51'00"N 11°31'00"E) in the south-east.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Coat of arms? Five towers [a church?] with a wheel with cross above in centre with a semi wreath to each side; countermark: the letter S.

    Condition: one fold line; very brown; surface worn; top centre, small tear. Verso: top left, water-stained patch, shadow and ghosting from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label: VOL III / 29

  • Scale: not stated. 1:55,000 approx.

    30.8 x 39.6 cm (neatline)

    31.2 x 40.0 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    31.9 x 41.7 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    Accurater Abriss der Stadt und Festung / WISMAR. / samt bloquirung derselben von den Köigl Däni - / schen und Preusischen Trouppen Aō: 1715. [bottom right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, below title, in title panel, a key, A-I, to the positions of the Danish and Prussian cavalry, the headquarters of the Danish General Legard and of the Prussian General von Albe, the Danish baking ovens at Blumenhoff, and the Prussian ovens at Libau, and a Swedish battery. Another key, 1-5, lists four gates of the city and some Danish fieldworks.]


    George III heading: Wismar 25 June 1715 - 19 April 1716.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 28; [bottom left, black pencil, crossed out in black pencil:] 140; [bottom left, black pencil: an illegible inscription ending with the date 1715]; [top right, black pencil, partly cropped:] B.b. 2.; [top right, black pencil, partly legible:] June [25d] / Wismar 1715; [bottom right, black pencil, crossed out in black pencil:] B.b.; [bottom right, black pencil, illegible, except for the date 1716]; [centre, red pencil:] 26.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Wismar Abriss der Stadt und Festung Wismar samt bloquir- / ung derselben von den Konigl. Danischen und Preussischen Trouppen, A.o 1715.

  • 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)

    Wismar, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (53°53'35"N 11°27'10"E)

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