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Battle of Liegnitz, 1760 1760 or later

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:43,800 approx. | RCIN 733017

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A map of the Battle of Liegnitz, fought on 15 August 1760 between the Prussian army, commanded by Frederick II (the Great; 1712-86), and the Austrian army, commanded by Field Marshal Baron Ernst Gideon von Laudon (1717-90), resulting in a Prussian victory. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with south-east to top. 

A topographical map showing roads, physical features such as rivers, waterbodies, relief and scrub and woodland on which the troop positions are superimposed. See also RCIN 733018. Both maps show similar detail.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: I H S [cross on the H], IVILLEDARY below

    Mark, stamped: 913

    Condition: six fold lines; small tears to edges; top, right of centre: double pin holes; brown discolouration; ink smudges. Verso: surface dirt; induced discolouration

  • Scale: not stated. 1:43,800 approx.

    36.8 x 54.6 cm (neatline)

    37.3 x 54.8 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    No title

    Additional text:

    [top right, a key, A-I, K-R, to the disposition of the troops and the three positions of the armies during the battle.]


    George III heading: Battle of Lignitz 15 August 1760.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, red pencil:] 15 Augt 13/94; [top left, black pencil:] XVI/69; [top, right of centre, black pencil: illegible words].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lignitz Plan dessiné de la Bataille de Lignitz en Silesie entre les Prussiens commandés par le Roy et un Corps d’Imperiaux aux ordres du General Laudon, le 15 Aout 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)

    Legnica, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland (51°12'36"N 16°09'42"E)

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