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Robert Sayer (1725?-29 January 1794)

Siege of Schweidnitz, 1758

The Siege of Schweidnitz in Silesia, by his Prussian Majesty, in 1758 1758 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | 34.1 x 44.5 cm (image) | RCIN 732049

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A view of the Prussian siege of Austrian-held Schweidnitz between 2 and 16 April 1758 resulting in a Prussian victory. Seven Years War (1756-63)

This view shows, in the right foreground, a group of Prussian artillery men, protected by large upright gabions, tending heavy artillery, with other men rolling barrels of gunpowder along the ground. In the left foreground, a battery of four mortars is tended by grenadiers and Prussian troops can be seen in the trenches between the two batteries, the group of conversing officers, and the town walls.

  • Robert Sayer (1725?-29 January 1794) (publisher)

    Thomas Bowles (9 December 1688-8 April 1767) (publisher)

    Thomas Jefferys (c. 1719-71) (publisher)

    John Bowles (22 April 1701-79) (publisher)

    H Parker and E Bakewell : in Cornhill (publisher) [bottom, below text:] Printed for Rob.t Sayer in Fleet Street, T. Bowles in S.t Pauls Church Yard, T. Jefferys at Charing Cross, John Bowles & Son at the Black Horse in Cornhill, Hen. Parker & Eliz. Bakewell opposite Birchin Lane in Cornhill.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines; brown discolouration

  • 30.4 x 44.5 cm (neatline)

    34.1 x 44.5 cm (image)

    35.8 x 47.5 cm (platemark)

    38.0 x 49.4 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    The Siege of Schweidnitz in Silesia, by his Prussian Majesty, in 1758. [below view]

    Additional text:

    [below view, a short account of the action, together with a key, ‘Reference’, A-B, 1-10, to the details in the view.]


    George III heading: Schweidnitz 2-16 April 1758.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Schweidnitz A View of the Siege of Schweidnitz by the King of Prussia in April 1758: published by Bowles.

  • 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)

    Świdnica, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland (50°50'37"N 16°29'18"E)

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