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John Cleeve Pleydell (1736-1816)

Diemel river, 1760

Sketch of the Line of Encampment of / the Allied Army upon the Heights of / the Dimel, Oct:r 1760 1760

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on linen | Scale: 1:46,800 approx. | RCIN 733025

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A map of the encampment of the Allied army on the north side of the River Diemel on 6 October 1760. Seven Years War (1756-1763). Oriented with south-east to top (cardinal points).

The map extends from Ossendorff (Ossendorf 51°30'37"N 09°05'13"E) in the west, to Dringelburg (presumably Trendelburg 51°34'26"N 09°25'15"E). Pleydell was, at the time that this map was made, a Lieutenant in the 24th Regiment of Foot.

  • John Cleeve Pleydell (1736-1816) (draughtsman) [bottom centre, below title, surveyor/draughtsman:] Reconnoitred by Lieut:t Pleydell / Assist: Qua:r Mas:r Genl:

  • Watermark: Horn in crowned shield, a ‘4’ suspending the letters S[C] below; countermark: the crowned monogram GR

    Mark, stamped: 919

    Condition: six fold lines; formerly folded to 11.4 x 17.8 cm; worn along fold lines; surface dirt. Verso: brown stains

  • Scale: 1:46,800 approx. Scale bar: Scale of three English Miles [103 mm =] 3 Miles.

    30.4 x 45.7 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Sketch of the Line of Encampment of / the Allied Army upon the Heights of / the Dimel, Oct:r 1760. [bottom centre]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left:] The different Corps are under / the Command of ye following Generals, [followed by a list, A-G:] L.[ieut.-] G.[eneral] Gilce, L.G. Wutgenau, L.G. Moyston, Prince of Anhalt. (L.G.), L.G. Oheim, Lord Grandby. (L.G.), L.G. Zastrow.


    George III heading: Encampment on the Dymel 6 Oct. 1760.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil or ink, crossed out in red, obscured by white paper strip:] Dymel [Camp Line]; [bottom right, red pencil:] 13/41; [bottom right, black pencil:] XVI/75.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Dymel A drawn Plan of the Line of Encampment of the Allied Army upon the heights of the Dymel, of Oct.r 1760: reconnoitred by Lieut. Pleydell. [The same entry appears under the heading Encampment.]

  • From the map collection of Lieutenant-General Robert Napier (c.1703-66), Secretary for Military Affairs to Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland: Napier Portfolio D [Cumberland Papers Vol. 6/41]; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Vicinity of Warburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (51°30'00"N 09°10'00"E)

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