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Battle of Quebec, 1759

Plan of the Battle fought upon Abraham Plains / near Quebec on Thusday the 13.th of Septem.r 1759 / between the British Army Commanded by Major / Gen.l Wolfe & the French Army Commanded by / the Marquis of Montcalm 1759 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:14,400 | RCIN 732121

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A map of the Battle of Quebec, fought on 13 September 1759 between the British army, commanded by Major-General James Wolfe (1727-59), and the French army, commanded by Louis Joseph de Montcalm-Gozon, marquis de Montcalm (1712-59), resulting in a British victory. French and Indian War (1754-63). Oriented with north-west to top (cardinal points). 

This appears to be a copy of RCIN 732120, possibly by a draughtsmen employed in North America. The Lieutenant-Colonel Carleton who is referred to in the George III catalogue entry was probably Sir Guy Carleton (1724-1808), who was Lt. Col. of the 72nd Regiment of Foot. He served as Governor of Quebec twice, from 1768 to 1778, and from 1785 to 1795. He had attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel by 1757 and, on 30 December 1758, became a Colonel in America. He served at the siege and Battle of Quebec.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

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

    Mark, stamped: 891

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: induced discolouration; top left, water-stained patch and ghosting from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label on which can be read ‘VOL VIII’

  • Scale: 1:14,400. Scale bar: Scale of 1200 Feet to an Inch [102 mm =] 4800.

    35.8 x 44.9 cm (neatline)

    36.5 x 45.6 cm (image)

    38.1 x 48.2 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan of the Battle fought upon Abraham Plains / near Quebec on Thusday the 13.th of Septem.r 1759 / between the British Army Commanded by Major / Gen.l Wolfe & the French Army Commanded by / the Marquis of Montcalm. [top left, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [left, below title, in title panel, a brief account of the action and a key, a-f, to the troop positions shown on the map.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Battle of Quebec 13 Sep. 1759.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Quebec A drawn Plan of the Battle fought upon Abraham Plains near Quebec on Thursday the 13.th of Sept.r 1759, between the British Army commanded by Major General Wolfe and the French army commanded by the Marquis of Montcalm (given by Lieut. Col. Carleton).

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints of 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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