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Battle of Kunersdorf, 1759

Plan de la Bataille de Kunersdorff, donnée Le 12.e D'Août 1759 1759 or later

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:19,600 approx. | RCIN 732118

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A map of the Battle of Kunersdorf, fought on 12 August 1759 between the combined Russian and Austrian army, under the command of General-Fieldmarshal Pyotr Saltykov (1697-1772) and Field Marshal Baron Ernst Gideon von Laudon (1717-90), and the Prussians under the command of Frederick the Great (Frederick II, King of Prussia, 1712-86), resulting in a resounding Prussian defeat. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with north-north-west to top.

This may be in the same hand as RCIN 732114 and may be a copy, made in the later eighteenth century, of an earlier map.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, a ‘4’ suspending the letters L V G below

    Mark, stamped: 889

    Condition: no fold lines; brown discolouration to both sides. Verso: induced discolouration; bottom left, water-stained patch and shadow from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:19,600 approx. Scale bar: Echelle de 5000 Pas [194 mm =].

    28.2 x 34.8 cm (neatline)

    46.0 x 34.8 cm (image)

    50.6 x 36.0 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan de la Bataille de Kunersdorff, donnée Le 12.e D'Août 1759. [top centre, outside border]

    Additional text:

    [below map, in two columns, an account of the battle:] Relation de La Battaille de Kunersdoff.


    George III heading: Battle of Kunersdorff 12 Aug. 1759.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Kunersdorff Plan dessiné de la Bataille de Kunersdorff pres de Franckfort sur l’Oder, entre l’Armée combinée de Russes et d’Autrichiens aux ordres des Generaux Soltikow et Laudon, et les Prussiens commandés par le Roi, le 12 d’Aout 1759.

  • 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)

    Kunowice, Lubusz, Poland (52°21'03"N 14°38'03"E)

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