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Ottoman-Habsburg Wars (1521-1791)

Images from eight wars fought between 1570 and 1718


Siege of Vienna, 1683

VIENNA / LIBERATA / dalle Armi Christiani [and, within the walls of Vienna:] Citta di VIENNA assediata / dal Turco a.o 1683 nel mese di luglio / alli 13

1683 or later

Etching and engraving; printed from two copperplates on one sheet of paper; gilt edges right and bottom | Scale: not stated. Not to scale | RCIN 724022

A medium oblique view/map of the siege of Vienna, 14 July-12 September 1683, by the Ottoman army, commanded by Grand Vizir Merzifonlu Kara Mustafa Pasha (1634/5-1683) which culminated in a victory for the Holy League (Poland, Holy Roman Empire), commanded by Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland following the Battle of Vienna on 11-12 September 1683. Great Turkish War (1683-99), Ottoman-Habsburg Wars (1526-1791), Polish-Ottoman War (1683-99). Oriented with north to top (cardinal points).

The map is headed by the portraits of the three victorious Holy League commanders, left to right: Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland (1629-96); Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor (1640-1705); Charles V, Duke of Lorraine (1643-90).

The untitled view, which is engraved on a separate copperplate but printed on the same sheet of paper as the map, shows the Allied army routing the Turks who are shown retreating, leaving all their baggage, weapons, and ammunition and tents, etc., abandoned.

Both the map and the view are printed from re-worked copperplates which, originally, possibly showed a different stage in the siege of Vienna. Imperfectly erased lettering is conspicuous in the centre of Vienna and appears all over the face of the map and in the bottom half of the view.

Condition: no fold lines.
  • Arnold van Westerhout (1651-1725) (artist and engraver)

    Matteo Gregorio Dé Rossi (1638-1702) (print seller) [top right of view, engraved in unfurled banner:] Si vendono in Piazza Nauona da / Matteo Gregorio Rossi al Insegno / della Stampa / Sup. Lic. / Arn v. westerhout del. / et scu.

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys on three hills in double circle, the letter M above

    Condition: no fold lines

  • Scale: not stated. Not to scale.

    25.0 x 44.8 cm (image of map)

    [cropped] x 45.4 cm (platemark of map)

    9.4 x 44.5 cm (image of view)

    9.4 x 46.0 cm (platemark of view)

    39.9 x 52.5 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    VIENNA / LIBERATA / dalle Armi Christiani [and, within the walls of Vienna:] Citta di VIENNA assediata / dal Turco a.o 1683 nel mese di luglio / alli 13. [map printed above an untitled view; top centre, below the portrait of Leopold I]


    George III heading: Vienna besieged by the Turks from the of July to the of Sep. 1683.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] IV/44.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Vienna A Plan of Vienna besieged by the Turks on the of July, and delivered by the King of Poland and the Duke of Lorraine on the of Sept.r 1683: with a View of a Skirmish between the Imperialists and Turks: by A. v. Westerhout: published by M.G. Rossi.

  • Subject(s)

    Vienna, Austria (48°12ʹ30ʺN 16°22ʹ19ʺE)

Page revisions

  • 14 March 2024