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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 733018

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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 733017. Both maps show similar detail.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: A robed figure [a bishop?] wearing a mitre, holding a crozier in right hand and a cylindrical-shaped object in the left, standing on a plinth above the letter G F M

    Mark, stamped: 914

    Condition: six fold lines; worn along fold lines; brown stains to both sides. Verso: ink smudges; heavy surface dirt on outside fold panels

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

    32.1 x 41.3 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:] Renvoÿ.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Battle of Lignitz 15 August 1760.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, red pencil:] 13/95 [the ‘95’ is crossed out in black pencil]; [top left, black pencil:] XVI/70; [top right, black pencil, erased:] [Lignitz].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lignitz Plan dessiné de la Bataille de Lignitz, 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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