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Images from eight wars fought between 1570 and 1718

Donato Rasciotti (active 1580-1602)

Budapest, 1602

IL VERO DISSEGNO DELLA FORTISSIMA CITTA DI BVDA METROPOLI DI HVNGARIA / PARTE PRESA ET PARTE ASSEDIATA COME NEL DISEGNO SI VEDE QVESTO ANNO 1602 1602 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type A); gilt edges right and bottom | 25.7 x 31.7 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 721122

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A low oblique view of the unsuccessful attempt of the Imperial army, commanded by Field Marshal Christof Hermann Graf von Russworm, to retake the city from the Ottomans, 2 October-15 November 1602. Ottoman-Habsburg Wars: The Long War (1591/3-1606)

This view depicts the scene on the 6 of October 1602 and looks towards the south, with ‘Isola S.ta Margarita’ (Margit-sziget) in the foreground. To the left (east), Imperial troops, identified by the cross on their flags, are successful in taking the Ottoman town of Pest while, to the right (west), the Imperial army surrounds Buda in their failed attempt to take the town.

Printed from a worn plate.

  • Donato Rasciotti (active 1580-1602) (publisher) [bottom left, in an otherwise blank rectangular box:] In Venecia Donato Rasciotti forma.

  • Watermark: Crossbow in circle; trefoil on long stalk, the letters 'T' 'C' on either side

    Condition: one fold line to print; one fold line to mount, not coincident with the print’s fold line; some foxing; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept above and below this map/print in a different collection are present on the recto and verso

  • 23.6 x 31.7 cm (neatline)

    25.7 x 31.7 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    40.3 x 52.9 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    IL VERO DISSEGNO DELLA FORTISSIMA CITTA DI BVDA METROPOLI DI HVNGARIA / PARTE PRESA ET PARTE ASSEDIATA COME NEL DISEGNO SI VEDE QVESTO ANNO 1602. [across top of map]

    Additional text:

    [across bottom of map, outside neatline, begins:] Da poi che li Imperiali furno in caminati verso la Citta de Buda …

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Buda 1602.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil:] 1602. (Verso) [top, left of centre, red pencil:] 1/103; [top, right of centre, black pencil:] I/107; [top right, black pencil, erased:] Buda.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Buda Disegno della Citta di Buda parte presa et parte assediata come nel Disegno si vede questo anno 1602: da Donati Rasciotti.

  • From the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-22 October 1657); inherited by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-1689); sold by Carlo Antonio’s grandson to Clement XI, 1703; acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Albani by 1714, from whom purchased by George III in 1762

  • Subject(s)

    Budapest, Hungary (47°28ʹ52ʺN 19°02ʹ23ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    O. Cristea, ‘Europe and the “Ottoman World” ‘, in A second front: Wallachia and the ‘Long War’ against the Turks, Istanbul 2013,  p.27

    M. McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2796

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