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The Seven Years War (1756-63)

Manuscript and printed maps and views, correspondence and journals from the first global war

? SIR DAVID DUNDAS (1735-1820)

Map of the Battle of Vellinghausen, 1761 (Vellinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) 51°39'47"N 07°59'12"E


Ink and watercolour on thin paper | Scale: 1:9,500 approx. | RCIN 733035.b

A map of the Battle of Vellinghausen fought on 16 July 1761 between the British, Hanoverian and Prussian army commanded by Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick (1721-92), and the French under the command of Victor François, 2nd duc de Broglie (1718-1804) and Charles de Rohan, prince de Soubise (July 1715-87), resulting in a British victory. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with south-east to top.

The attribution to David Dundas is made on stylistic grounds. At the time of the battle he was with the 15th Light Dragoons who were deployed in Germany and whose Colonel was George Augustus Elliott. The table of regiments on this map shows that 'Elliots' was serving in Lord Granby's Corps and Dundas was present at this battle. This is a detailed topographical map of the battlefield area extending from the River Lippe in the north-east to Kirk Denkern (Dinker) on the River Aos (Ahse) in the south-west. The positions of the battalions and squadrons are marked and each is named. Colonel Keppel was at the time of this action a Colonel in the 1st Foot Guards.

This map is a near identical, but rough, copy of RCIN 733035.a; there is a slight difference in the table of regiments where, on this map, Elliot's (Dundas's own regiment) is shown as deploying in Prince Anhalt's Corps as well as Granby's, instead of solely under Granby's.

Condition: several fold lines; piece cut off, bottom left: diagonal cut; triangular tear, right of centre; brown stains.
  • ? Sir David Dundas (1735-1820) (draughtsman)


    Army-Allied army (Seven Years' War, 1756-63)
  • Watermark: None

    Mark, stamped: 932A

    Condition: several fold lines; piece cut off, bottom left: diagonal cut; triangular tear, right of centre; brown stains

  • Scale: 1:9,500 approx. Scale bar: 800 Yards [77 mm =].

    31.7 x 53.8 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    No title


    George III heading: Battle of Wellinghausen 16 July 1761.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, black pencil, erased:] Wellinghausen; [top left, black pencil, erased:] XVI/91-b.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Wellinghausen A drawn Plan of the position of the Allied Army the and of July 1761, the day of the Battle of Fellinghausen: with a copy of D.o on thin paper (from Colonel Keppel).

  • Subject(s)

    Vellinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (51°39'47"N 07°59'12"E)

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  • 5 June 2024