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Images from eight wars fought between 1570 and 1718


Nagikanyzsa, 1600 1600 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper, mount cropped (Mount Type B?) | 44.9 x 58.8 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 721108.a

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A view of the Habsburg and Turkish camps near Nagykanizsa, 8 October 1600. Ottoman-Habsburg Wars: The Long War (1591/3-1606). See RCIN 721108.b for the accompanying letterpress text.

The early phase of the war took place in Croatia and Ibrahim Pasha (Tiryaki Hasan Pasha (1530?-1611), a commander of the Ottoman army, who became Governor of Kanizsa and high governor of Bosnia after defeating the Austrians in 1601) took a large army from Sziget and marched on Kanizsa which was the most important Hungarian fortress in Trans-Danubia, and laid sige to it and captured it. This view shows the initial attempt by the Imperial Habsburg army to reclaim the town.

The attempts by the Imperial army to establish control over Nagykanizsa ended in failure and, seven days after their arrival they were in full retreat, being pursued relentlessy for four kilometres by the Turks. The Duke of Mercœur was a prominent member of the Catholic League. He went to Hungary after 1598 and entered the service of Rudolph II, fighting against the Turks. This view and accompanying text are the second of a set of four (RCINs 721107-721110).

  • Anonymous (printmaker)

  • Watermark: Trefoil on long stalk between two feathers, on base with two scrolls below

    Condition: one fold line; 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. Verso: remains of Mount Type B?; no gilt edges

  • 44.9 x 58.8 cm (image and sheet)

  • Printed title:

    No title


    George III heading: The Imperial and Turkish Armies encamped near Canissa on the of Oct.r 1600.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [right centre, brown ink, a monogram:] W[B].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Canissa Representation of the Encampments of the Imperial and Turkish Armies near Canissa on the of Oct.r 1600: with a Description.

  • 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)

    Nagykanizsa [Canissa; Kanizsa], Zala, Hungary (46°27ʹ12ʺN 16°59ʹ27ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    M. McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2767

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