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? Sir David Dundas (1735-1820)

Cherbourg, 1758

A Map of Cherburg / and some of the Country adjacent relative / to the Expedition under Gen.l Bligh [crossed out] in June 1758 [in black pencil:] the Duke of Marlborough c.1758

Pencil, pen, ink, grey wash and watercolour on paper; laid down on linen | Scale: not stated. 1:24,200 approx. | RCIN 732067.a

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

The initials 'D.D.' which are cited in the George III catalogue are not present on the map. However, the hand is very similar to that of David Dundas who was present on the expedition. The mistake in the title, referring to General Bligh, who was in command of the second expedition to the coast of France in August 1758, indicates that this map was made sometime after that event.

The linen backing has a cropped mark: a thistle with words in a circle around it: WILLIA[M] P[?]. The three items, RCINs 732067.a-c, were formerly stored in a rough buff paper folder, 51.3 x 64.2 cm, folded to 51.3 x 32.4 cm, on which is written the old heading and, in black ink, the numbers which are stamped on the items.

  • ? Sir David Dundas (1735-1820) (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Horn in crowned shield, the letters L V G below, the letter V suspending a bell

    Mark, stamped: 852

    Condition: three fold lines; brown stains to both sides. Verso: induced discolouration; top left, water-stained patch and shadow from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label; bottom right, part of a linen mark remains

  • Scale: not stated. 1:24,200 approx.

    19.0 x 35.5 cm (image and neatline)

    21.0 x 37.7 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    A Map of Cherburg / and some of the Country adjacent relative / to the Expedition under Gen.l Bligh [crossed out] in June 1758 [in black pencil:] the Duke of Marlborough. [bottom centre, ink]


    George III heading: Cherbourg 29-30 June 1758.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil, in Mason's hand]: VIII/58; [the name Gen. Bligh in the title has been crossed out in black pencil and ‘the Duke of Marlborough’ has been written in black pencil to the side, in Barnard's hand?]. (Verso) [top right, black pencil, obscured by linen: and encircled] 6.

    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.

  • 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)

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

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