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? Patrick Mackellar (1717-78)

Havana and Fort Morro, 1762

Plan shewing the Batteries and Works erected against the Town of Havana, and Morro / Fort, in the Siege carry’d on by the British Army, Commanded by his Excellency the Earl of / Albemarle in 1762 c.1762

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on linen | Scale: 1:4,800. | RCIN 733054

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A plan of the British batteries erected during the siege of Havana, 1762. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with south east to top (cardinal points).

The tenuous attribution to Patrick Mackellar is made on stylistic grounds. This is a detailed survey of the hinterland of Fort Morro, showing the wooded and scrubby nature of the country, the positions of the batteries, and the several roads running through the area. The boom and sunken ships are shown at the entrance to the harbour.

  • ? Patrick Mackellar (1717-78) (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Strasburg bend and lily

    Mark, stamped: 949

    Condition: one fold line; brown stains and ink smudges. Verso: brown stains and foxing

  • Scale: 1:4,800. Scale bar: Scale 400 Feet to an Inch.

    44.0 x 57.0 cm (neatline)

    44.7 x 57.8 cm (image)

    45.4 x 58.6 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan shewing the Batteries and Works erected against the Town of Havana, and Morro / Fort, in the Siege carry’d on by the British Army, Commanded by his Excellency the Earl of / Albemarle in 1762. [top right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [right, below title, in title panel, 'References', a-i, k-z, 1-7, to the redoubts and batteries.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Havana 1762.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom right, red pencil:] 13/116; [bottom right, black pencil:] XVII/8; [top left, black pencil:] XVII/8.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Havana A drawn Plan shewing the Batteries and Works erected against the Town of Havana and Morro Fort, in the Siege carried on by the British Army commanded by the Earl of Albemarle in 1762.

  • 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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