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John Call (1732-1801)

Vellore, 1761

Vellore A drawn Plan of Vellore attacked by the English Army under the command of Colonel Caillaud the 13.th of Oct.r and taken the 26.th of Dec.r 1761: by Major John Call chief Eng.r with a printed Account of the Siege c.1762

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper; pricking through | Scale: 1:4,411 approx. | RCIN 733038.a

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A plan of Vellore, besieged by the British from 13 October, and taken on 26 December 1761. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with north to top. 

A printed account of the siege at RCIN 733038.b gives a description of the history, geography, and attack, together with an explanation of the letters on the plan. Other examples of this plan and description are in the British Library from Admiral Lord Howe's Collection, Maps M.T.11.h.1.(10.) and Maps 54570.(16.).

  • John Call (1732-1801) (draughtsman) [bottom left, inside neatline, surveyor/draughtsman:] Jn.o Call Chief Eng.r.

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, a ‘4’ suspending the letters L V G below; countermark: IVILLEDARY

    Mark, stamped: 935

    Condition: one fold line; left and right edges folded over. Verso: induced discolouration

  • Scale: 1:4,411 approx. Scale bar: A Scale of Yards 1100 [228 mm =].

    49.8 x 72.0 cm (neatline)

    50.9 x 72.8 cm (image)

    53.0 x 73.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    No title

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Vellore 13 Oct. - 26 Dec. 1761.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Vellore A drawn Plan of Vellore attacked by the English Army under the command of Colonel Caillaud the 13.th of Oct.r and taken the 26.th of Dec.r 1761: by Major John Call chief Eng.r with a printed Account of the Siege.

  • 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)

    Vellore, Tamil Nādu, India (12°55'06"N 79°07'57"E)

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