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? William Roy (1726-90)

Cherbourg, 1758 c.1758

Pen and ink on thin paper | Scale: 1:17,200 approx. | RCIN 732067.b

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A map of Cherbourg and the surrounding country, 1758. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with south to top. 

The attribution to William Roy is made on stylistic grounds. This appears to be a tracing by Roy of Dundas's sketch (RCIN 732067.a); it is at a slightly smaller scale than Dundas's sketch, and there are positional differences of detail.

  • ? William Roy (1726-90) (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: None

    Mark, stamped: 853

    Condition: six fold lines; formerly folded to 8.3 x 13.9 cm; brown stains

  • Scale: 1:17,200 approx. Scale bar: Scale about one mile [95 mm =].

    22.9 x 35.4 cm (image and neatline)

    24.1 x 36.1 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    No title


    George III heading: Cherbourg 29-30 June 1758.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Cherbourg A drawn Plan of Cherbourg and the adjacent Country relative to the Expedition under the Duke of Marlborough in June 1758: by D.D (David Dundas) with a copy of D.o on thin paper; and his letter giving an Account of the Expedition.

  • 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)

    Cherbourg-Octeville, Basse-Normandy, France (49°38'23"N 01°36'58"W)

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