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Patrick Mackellar (1717-78)

Havana and Fort Morro, 1762

PLAN of the Attack against the MORRO FORT / under the Command of his Excellency the Earl of ALBE- / -MARLE General and Commander in Chief &c. &c. &c. 1762 or later

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on linen | Scale: 1:2,400. | RCIN 733051

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A plan of the British attack on Fort Morro, Havana, in 1762. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with north to top (cardinal points).

This is done in a typical Board of Ordnance draughting style and lettering. This copy could have been made on demand either for the Duke of Cumberland, or for the purposes of keeping George III appraised of the action at Havana.

  • Patrick Mackellar (1717-78) (cartographer)

    John Chamberlain (active 1760-d. 1795) (draughtsman) [bottom left, outside border:] Copyed from an Original Draw.g of P. Mackellar C Engineer by In:o Chamberlain.

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 946

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: top left: cropped linen mark; induced discolouration

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

    35.8 x 45.7 cm (neatline)

    36.1 x 46.1 cm (image)

    37.7 x 47.8 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN of the Attack against the MORRO FORT / under the Command of his Excellency the Earl of ALBE- / -MARLE General and Commander in Chief &c. &c. &c. [top left, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top left, in title panel, a key, A-I, K-M, to the forts, batteries, and redoubts. At the end of the key is a survey statement:] 13th Iuly 1762 A Sketch partly Surveyd.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Havana 1762.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] XVII/14-2.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Havana A drawn Plan of the Attack against the Morro Fort under the command of the Earl of Albemarle in 1762, copied by Jn.o 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)

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

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