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Melsungen, 1762

A DRAUGHT of the AFFAIR at MELSUNGEN / on the RIVER FULDA 1762 or later

Ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated, 1:10,400 approx. | RCIN 733063

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A map of the action at Melsungen between the French and the Allied army, 8 August 1762. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with north-east to top.

This plan appears to be in the same hand as RCIN 733058; both make mention of the particular actions of Lieutenant-Colonel Molyneux. This was apparently Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Molyneux of the 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards who was made Lieutenant-Colonel in 1761.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, the letters G R below; countermark: JWHATMAN

    Mark, stamped: 956

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: surface dirt

  • Scale: not stated, 1:10,400 approx.

    41.7 x 59.0 cm (neatline)

    42.2 x 59.6 cm (image)

    44.4 x 61.2 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A DRAUGHT of the AFFAIR at MELSUNGEN / on the RIVER FULDA. [bottom right]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, below title, a brief description of the action at Melsungen when Lieutenant-Colonel Molyneux with 200 men drove the French from their post and held it, allowing Prince Ferdinand to move to the Upper Werra and occupy Eschwege, Wanfried and Mulhausen. Top left, a key, A-G, h, to the batteries and troop positions:] References.


    George III heading: Action of Melsungen 8 Aug. 1762.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom, right of centre, red pencil:] 13/113; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil:] XVII/5; [bottom, right of centre, above old heading, black pencil, erased and partly illegible:] [?] 8 Aug. [1762].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Melsungen A drawn Plan of the Affair at Melsungen on the River Fulda, between the French under Count Guerchy, and 200 men, commanded by Lieut. Colonel Molyneux, on the of August 1762.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Melsungen, Hesse, Germany (51°08'00"N 09°33'00"E)

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