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Ottoman-Habsburg Wars (1521-1791)

Images from eight wars fought between 1570 and 1718


A view of the Battle of Mogersdorf, 1664 (Mogersdorf, Burgenland, Austria) 46°56ʹ57ʺN 16°13ʹ56ʺE; Szentgotthàrd (Szentgotthàrd [St Gotthard], Vas, Hungary) 46°57ʹ09ʺN 16°16ʹ25ʺE

1664 or later

Engraving and etching view printed on paper with letterpress text of two columns each in Dutch and French printed on the same sheet as the view | 18.4 x 28.0 cm (neatline) | RCIN 723127.b

A middle to high oblique view of the Battle of St Gotthard (also known as the Battle of Mogersdorf), fought on 1 August 1664 by the combined forces of the League of the Rhine (France and the Holy Roman Empire) and Piedmont Savoy, commanded by Raimondo, Count of Montecúccoli (1609-80), Jean de Coligny-Saligny (1617-86) and Prince Georg Friedrich of Waldeck (1620-92) against the Ottoman army, commanded by Köprülüzade Fazil Ahmed Pasha (1635-76), resulting in a victory for the League of the Rhine. Oriented with west to top. Habsburg-Ottoman Wars (Fourth Austro-Turkish War) (1663-4). 

The accompanying letterpress text, in Dutch and French, is printed on same sheet.

A different engraving, showing the same view with the same details and design and with German text was published in 'Franckfurt/auff dem Pfarzeisen' (Digitales Archiv Marburg HstAM WHK 1/19) (last accessed 2 December 2017).

  • Theodoor van Merlen (1609-72) (engraver) [bottom right of view, outside neatline:] Th’ van Merlen ex Antverpiæ; [bottom right, below French text:] A. V. E. V. & Approbavit.


    Montecucoli, Raymond, Count of (fl.1664)
  • Watermark: Horn in crowned shield, suspending the figure ‘4’, the letters WR below

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: remains of paper repair?

  • 18.4 x 28.0 cm (neatline)

    [cropped] x 28.4 cm (platemark)

    42.1 x 29.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    Oprechte af beldinghe ende beschrijvinghe van de groote ende treffelijcke Victorie, behaelt door den Christelijcken Hooft-legher teghen / den erf-vijandt den Turck, in Neder-Hungarijen, den 1. Augusti, 1664. [followed by two columns of text in Gothic lettering.] // Description tres- veritable de la Victoire & Bataille gaignée par les armes Chrestiennes contre l’ennemy des Chrestiens dans l’Hongrie Basse / apres la Riviere de Raab, le premier d’Aoust, 1664. [followed by two columns of text in Roman lettering.] [no title on view; Dutch and French titles on accompanying text]


    [top left, a portrait in oval frame:] RAYMOND Comte de MONTECVCVLI / General de l'armée Chrestienne. [top right, a portrait in oval frame:] ACHMET BASSA Grand Visier et / General de l'armée Turquesque.

    Additional text:

    [top centre of view, in a scroll, a key to the numbers, 1-6, which appear on the view.] [Dutch letterpress text begins:] De twee Hooft-Leghers [printed character:] / der Christenen en der Turcken [printed forward slash:] / hadden nu in de tweede weke | gheleghen by de Riviere de Raab … [French letterpress text begins:] Il y a avoit environ de quinze jours que les deux Armées estoient campées pres du Raab …


    George III heading: Raab 1 Aug.t 1664.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, ink, seventeenth century?:] 3? [encircled], A [or D] Lt 15 [bottom right, black pencil, erased and illegible.]

    George III catalogue entry:

    Raab A View of the Battle between the Christians and Turks near the River Raab, on the of Aug.t 1664: by Th. van Merlen. with a Description.

  • Subject(s)

    Mogersdorf, Burgenland, Austria (46°56ʹ57ʺN 16°13ʹ56ʺE)

    Szentgotthàrd Szentgotthàrd [St Gotthard], Vas, Hungary (46°57ʹ09ʺN 16°16ʹ25ʺE)

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  • 25 May 2024