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Havana, 1762

PLAN of the CITY / of HAVANNA / shewing the Quarters & / Alarm Posts of the / Regiments in Garrison c.1762

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on two pieces of paper, joined | Scale: 1:2,356 approx. | RCIN 733056

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A large-scale plan of the town of Havana showing the alarm posts and regimental quarters of the British army, 1762. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with west-south-west to top (compass rose). 

This plan is drawn in a typical Board of Ordnance style. Several of the streets have been given names reflecting the victorious British army, thus: Pocock Street, Keppel Street, Albemarle Street, York Street, Elliot Street. The blocks of buildings are drawn with a shaded or thickened line on the north and east sides, a practice which was to be adopted by Ordnance Survey a century later. The lettering within the town area is similar in style to that of Patrick Mackellar who was chief engineer at the siege, but an attribution to him would be, at most, tenuous.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: J VILLEDARY; fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, suspending a ‘4’ with L V G below

    Mark, stamped: 951

    Condition: four fold lines; left of centre, 3.0 cm tear to top margin; bottom, left of centre, 13.0 cm tear; bottom, right of centre, 4.9 cm tear to bottom margin; discolouration from old adhesive along join line between the two sheets. Verso: induced discolouration; surface dirt; bottom centre, old paper repair to small tear

  • Scale: 1:2,356 approx. Scale bar: Scale of Feet [194 mm =] 1500.

    47.5 x 89.0 cm (neatline)

    48.5 x 89.9 cm (image)

    52.6 x 94.1 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN of the CITY / of HAVANNA / shewing the Quarters & / Alarm Posts of the / Regiments in Garrison. [top left, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top right, in rectangular panel, a list of the Regiments by name and number and a key, A-I, K-Q, to their quarters in the town, and key, a-i, k-m, p, to the 'Alarm Posts' they occupied within the town.]


    George III heading: Havana 1762.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom, right of centre, red pencil:] 13/120. [bottom, right of centre, black pencil, erased:] X[VI]/15; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil:] XVII/[?].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Havana A drawn Plan of the City of Havanna shewing the Quarters and Alarm Posts of the Regiments in Garrison.

  • 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)

    Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba (23°07'58"N 82°22'58"W)

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