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Thomas Jefferys (c. 1719-71)

Battle of Quebec, 1759

A CORRECT PLAN / OF THE / ENVIRONS OF QUEBEC, / AND OF THE / BATTLE fought on the September, 1759: / Together with a particular Detail of / The FRENCH LINES and BATTERIES, / And also of the / ENCAMPMENTS, BATTERIES... 1760 or later

Engraving from two copperplates; printed on two sheets of paper, joined; hand coloured. A separately engraved plate gives different detail for the troop positions on the Heights of Abraham and this is printed on a small piece of paper forming a flap which is pasted to the base map. | Scale: 1:18,400 approx. | RCIN 732101.a

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A map of the St Lawrence River and the Battle of Quebec, 13 September 1759. French and Indian War (1754-63). Oriented with north-north-west to top (compass rose). 

A copy of the surveys from which this map is compiled is at RCIN 732100. The printed journal which accompanies this printed map is at RCIN 732101.b.

The list of the British army comprises the following troops: 15th Amherst; 28th Braggs; 35th Otways; 43rd Kennedys; 47th Lascelles; 48th Webbs; 58th Anstruthers; 78th Highlanders; 2nd and 3rd Battalions Royal Americans; Light Infantry; Artillery; Louisburg Grenadiers; Marines. This map is based on the surveys by Desbarres, Debbieg, and Holland.

  • Thomas Jefferys (c. 1719-71) (engraver and publisher) [top left, below title:] Engraved by THOMAS JEFFERYS, / Geographer to His Majesty; [bottom left, between border and platemark:] Published According to Act of Parliament by Tho.s Jefferys, the Corner of S.t Martins Lane Charing Cross.

    ? Samuel Holland (1728-1801) (surveyor)

    ? Hugh Debbieg (1731-1810) (surveyor)

    ? Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres (1721-1824) (surveyor) [top left, below title:] Drawn from the ORIGINAL SURVEYS taken by ENGINEERS of the Army.

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

    Condition: two fold lines; brown discolouration from past along join; a flap, giving different positions of the troops, is pasted to the base map. Verso: surface dirt

  • Scale: 1:18,400 approx. Scale bars: SCALES. One Mile [88 mm =]; 7200 Feet [119 mm =].

    40.4 x 87.1 cm (neatline)

    41.7 x 87.7 cm (image)

    42.8 x 89.4 cm (platemark)

    44.4 x 93.0 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    A CORRECT PLAN / OF THE / ENVIRONS OF QUEBEC, / AND OF THE / BATTLE fought on the September, 1759: / Together with a particular Detail of / The FRENCH LINES and BATTERIES, / And also of the / ENCAMPMENTS, BATTERIES and ATTACKS of the / BRITISH ARMY, / And the Investiture of that City under the Command of / VICE ADMIRAL SAUNDERS, / MAJOR GENERAL WOLFE, / BRIGADIER GENERAL MONCKTON, / And BRIGADIER GENERAL TOWNSHEND. [top left]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, with regimental rectangles coloured according to the uniform:] List of the BRITISH ARMY on service at the / SEIGE of QUEBEC.


    George III heading: Quebec 27 June - 18 Sep. 1759.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] [?] 3; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil, erased:] XVI/72-a; [bottom, right of centre, red pencil, cropped:] 13 [/?].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Quebec A correct Plan of the Environs of Quebec and of the Battle fought on the Sept.r 1759, together with a particular detail of the French Lines and Batteries, and also of the Encampments, Batteries and Attacks of the British Army and the investiture of that City under the command of Admiral Saunders and Generals Wolfe, Monckton and Townshend: drawn from the original Surveys taken by the Engineers of the Army and engraved by Tho.s Jefferys. 2 sheets with a Journal of the Siege of Quebec.

  • 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)

    Quebec, Canada (46°47'51"N 71°13'34"W)

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