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? William Roy (1726-90)

River Lahn, Germany, 1759

PLAN / shewing the POSITION of the ALLY’D ARMY / along the Lahn from Hermenstein to Odenhausen, / with the March in 12 Columns from the Camp of Crofdorff to the Heights of Kintzebach / the 24.th of Oct.br to fire a Feu.. c.1759

Pencil, pen, red ink, watercolour and grey wash on three pieces of thin tracing paper, joined | Scale: 1:29,900 approx. | RCIN 732123

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A map of the positions of the Allied army and French encampments on the Lahn, October 1759. Seven Years War (1756-1763). Oriented with south-south-east to top.

The attribution to William Roy, which is surmised in the George III catalogue entry, is made on stylistic grounds. The area covered is a corridor of the River Lahn running for about 24 km (15 miles) from Wetzlar (50°33'00"N 08°30'00"E) in the west to Staufenberg (50°40'00"N 08°43'00"E) in the north-east, and extending to about 3 km to either side of the river. A few of the encamped regiments are named; others are numbered but there is no explanatory key.

Formerly kept in a rough buff paper folder with the George III heading in red ink on the front.

  • ? William Roy (1726-90) (surveyor and draughtsman)

  • Watermark: None

    Mark, stamped: 893

    Condition: eight fold lines; brown discolouration along left edge; brown staining

  • Scale: 1:29,900 approx. Scale bar: Scale of One League, or 6000 ordinary Paces [153 mm =].

    45.6 x 67.2 cm (neatline)

    46.3 x 67.8 cm (image)

    48.2 x 69.1 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN / shewing the POSITION of the ALLY’D ARMY / along the Lahn from Hermenstein to Odenhausen, / with the March in 12 Columns from the Camp of Crofdorff to the Heights of Kintzebach / the 24.th of Oct.br to fire a Feu de Joie for the Taking of Quebec / Also the General Position of the French Army along the opposite side of the Lahn. [bottom right, inside border]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: River Lahn 24 Oct. 1759.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom, right of centre, black pencil:] XVI/60.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lahn A drawn Plan shewing the position of the Allied Army along the Lahn from Hermenstein to Odenhausen; with the March in 12 columns from the camp of Crofdorff [Krofdorf-Gleiberg] to the Heights of Kintzebach, the 24.th of Oct.r 1759 to fire a feu de joie for the taking of Quebec: also the general position of the French Army along the opposite side of the Lahn. (by Capt.n W. Roy?).

  • 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)

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