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Patrick Mackellar (1717-78)

Havana, 1762

PLAN / of the HAVANNAH / and Disposition of the Ships 1762 or later

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:28,135 approx. | RCIN 733050

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A map of Havana showing the disposition of the fleet at the time of the British attack on the town, 1762. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with south to top.

The style of this map is somewhat clumsy compared with the finesses of Chamberlain's later work. He had only been admitted to the Tower Drawing Room in 1759 so this may have been an early piece of work. It was the usual practice for the draughtsmen to make copies of the work of others for further dissemination to the King, members of Government, and military officers.

  • Patrick Mackellar (1717-78) (cartographer)

    Thomas Chamberlain (active 1759-d.1794) (draughtsman) [bottom left, outside border:] Copyed from an Original Draw.g of P. Mackellar C. Engineer, by. Tho. Chamberlain.

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys

    Mark, stamped: 945

    Condition: no fold lines; creased. Verso: induced discolouration

  • Scale: 1:28,135 approx. Scale bar: Scale of English Feet 6000 [56 mm =].

    92.0 x 32.2 cm (neatline)

    19.6 x 32.6 cm (image)

    24.1 x 37.2 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN / of the HAVANNAH / and Disposition of the Ships. [top right, in rectangular panel]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Havana 1762.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil, erased:] XVII/[?]-2 [and] Havana 1762. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] XVII/[?0]-2.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Havana A drawn Plan of the Havannah and of the Disposition of the Ships for the attack in 1762: copied by Tho.s Chamberlain from an original drawing by P. Mackellar chief Eng.r

  • 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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