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Thomas Jefferys (c. 1719-71)

Basseterre, 1759

PLAN / of the ATTACK against / BASSETERRE / on the / ISLAND of GUADALOUPE / By a Squadron of his Majesty’s Ships of War / Commanded by Commodore MOORE on ye 22.d Jan.y 1759. / also the INCAMPMENTS of the / BRITISH ARMY Commanded.. 1760

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | Scale: 1:11,500 approx. | RCIN 732091

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A map of the British naval attack on Basseterre, 22 January 1759. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with north-east to top (cardinal points).

The author of this map, Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Rycaut, had the command of 700 Marines on this expedition. According to the Naval and military memoirs of Great Britain Vol.II, London, 1790, p.312, by Robert Beatson, Commodore Moore did not permit the Marines to land and act, as intended, as a battalion to support the land forces. However, Rycaut must have made land in order to produce this map.

The ships of war portrayed and named in the bay are: Berwick, Bristol, Burford, Cambridge, Lyon, Norfolk, Panther, Rippon, Roebuck, St George, Winchester, Woolwich.

  • Thomas Jefferys (c. 1719-71) (publisher) [bottom right, between border and platemark:] 1760 Published by Tho.s Jefferys Geographer to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales near Charing Cross London Price 2s.

    Edward Rycaut (d. 1763) (surveyor) [top left, last line of title:] DRAWN on the Spot by LIEUT. COL. RYCAUT of the MARINES.

    Lord George Anson (1697-1762) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: Strasburg bend and lily, the letters L V G below; countermark: IV

    Condition: one fold line; surface dirt on both sides. Verso: brown discolouration; brown stains; some offsetting

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    Scale: 1:11,500 approx. Scale bars: Scale of Yards [79 mm =] 1000; [Plan of Port Royal: [Sections:]

    31.9 x 46.7 cm (neatline)

    32.8 x 47.1 cm (image)

    33.7 x 48.4 cm (platemark)

    36.4 x 51.5 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN / of the ATTACK against / BASSETERRE / on the / ISLAND of GUADALOUPE / By a Squadron of his Majesty’s Ships of War / Commanded by Commodore MOORE on ye 22.d Jan.y 1759. / also the INCAMPMENTS of the / BRITISH ARMY Commanded by Gen.l HOPSON, / and the FRENCH INTRENCHMENTS after they / Abandoned the TOWN and CITADEL: [top left]


    [left, below title:] To the Right Hon.ble George Lord Anson / Baron of Soberton, / First Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty, / VICE-ADMIRAL of GREAT BRITAIN / Admiral of the White Squadron of his Majesty’s Fleet, / and one of his Majesty’s most Honourable Privy Council / This PLAN is most Humbly Inscribed. / By his most Obliged & Obedt Humble Serv.t / Tho.s Jefferys.


    (1) [top right:] PLAN / of / FORT-ROYAL [with ‘References’ A-I, K-R]. Scale: 1:3,386 approx. [27 mm =] 100 Yards. Size: 13.6 x 8.9 cm (neatline).
    (2) [right, below inset 1:] Section by the Bridge of the Fort [and] Section of the East Curtain. Scale: 1:597 approx. Scale of Feet [51 mm =] 100. Size: 5.2 x 8.9 cm (neatline).


    George III heading: Basseterre 22 Jan.y 1759.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Basseterre Plan of the Attack against Basseterre on the Island of Guadaloupe by a Squadron of His Majesty’s Ships of War, commanded by Commodore Moore, on the 22.d of January 1759: also the Encampments of the British Army commanded by General Hopson; and the French Entrenchments after they abandoned the Town and Citadel: by Lieut. Col. Rycaut, published by Jefferys, 1760.

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, West Indies (15°59'54"N 61°43'31"W)

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