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? Sir David Dundas (1735-1820)

Havana and Fort Morro, 1762

ATTACK of the MORO. / begun June and Carryed by Assault July 1762 c.1762

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:2,400. | RCIN 733052

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A plan of the British assault on Fort Morro, Havana, between 13 June and 30 July 1762. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with east to top.

A highly finished plan showing the details of the fort, which were either copied from existing maps or were freshly surveyed following its capture. The George III catalogue entry describes Dundas as an Engineer, but he had resigned the Engineers in 1759. It is possible that he was assigned as a temporary engineer for the purposes of this operation.

  • ? Sir David Dundas (1735-1820) (surveyor and draughtsman) [bottom right, inside neatline:] Da.d Dundas, Capt.n

  • Watermark: JVILLEDARY

    Mark, stamped: 947

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: induced discolouration

  • Scale: 1:2,400. Scale bar: Scale 200 Feet to an Inch.

    37.2 x 31.6 cm (neatline)

    46.1 x 32.0 cm (image)

    50.0 x 35.8 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    ATTACK of the MORO. / begun June and Carryed by Assault July 1762. [top centre, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top, across top of map in three rectangular panels, a key, A-G, I, K-R, to the batteries, saps, mines, etc., and a note of the 'Depth of Ditch' in six different places.]


    George III heading: Havana 1762.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, red pencil:] 13/119; [bottom left, black pencil:] XVII/14-1-a.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Havana A drawn Plan of the Attack of the Moro at the Havana, begun June and carried by assault July 1762: by Captain David Dundas 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)

    Castillo del Morro, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba (23°09'00"N 82°21'00"W)

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