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Siege of Stuhlweissenberg, 1601

En cette iournée est descrit comment l’armée des Turcs, le 9. d’Octobre, vint pour reprendre la ville / d’Alberegalle & deffaire les Chrestiens 1601 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper, mount cropped (Mount Type B?) | 43.6 x 60.3 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 721117.a

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A view of the defeat of the Imperial army near Stuhlweissenburg, commanded by Staremberg, by the Turkish troops on 9 October 1601. Ottoman-Habsburg Wars: The Long War (1591/3-1606). Oriented with west to top (cardinal points).

See the notes to RCIN 721115.

After the taking of Stuhlweissenburg, Mercœur had left Colonel Staremberg and his regiment commanding the town. Less than three weeks later, the Turks returned on 9 October in an attempt to retake the town.

This view shows the Imperial defence force on the right with their encampment and baggage quarters (T) and the Archduke Matthias (brother of the Emperor) with his cavalry (A), together with other Imperial regiments and, beyond their line of entrenchments, and the ruined church (M) where the Imperials had a guard, the Imperial infantry and cavalry advancing beyond a little fort (C) which had been taken by the Turks but was now once again in Imperial hands. In the bottom centre foreground is a star fort which was nelwy constructed by Imperial troops.

To the left are the massed ranks of Ottoman infantry and cavalry, with the regiment led by Hassan Pasha, Grand Vizier and General of the army, top left (1).

This is one of a set of three prints with accompanying letterpress text (RCINs 721116-721118).

  • 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 print in a different collection are present on the recto and verso. Verso: remains of mount (Type B?); no gilt edges

  • 43.6 x 60.3 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

  • Printed title:

    En cette iournée est descrit comment l’armée des Turcs, le 9. d’Octobre, vint pour reprendre la ville / d’Alberegalle & deffaire les Chrestiens. [No title on print. Title on accompanying text (RCIN 721117.b).]


    George III heading: Stuhl Weissenburg or Alba Regale taken by the Imperialists Sep.r 1601.

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

    George III catalogue entry:

    Stuhl Weissenburg Siege de la Ville d’Alberegalle en Hongrie, avec la prise d’icelle faite le 20 de 1601 par (les Imperiaux) commandés par) le Duc de Mercœur: avec une 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)

    Székesfehérvár [Alba Regale], Fejér, Hungary (47°11ʹ23ʺN 18°24ʹ37ʺE)

  • 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. 2783

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