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? John Cleeve Pleydell (1736-1816)

St Cast, 1758

A Map of the Bay of S.t Cast in Brittany and Country adjacent relative to the Expedition / under Gen.l Bligh in Septem.r 1758 c.1758

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:42,300 approx. | RCIN 732078.a

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A map of St Cast and the surrounding country to illustrate the British expedition in September 1758. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with south to top. 

The tentative attribution to Pleydell is made on stylistic grounds. The map shows the coastline from St Cast east to St Malo, a distance of about 16 km (10 miles). The camp at the Baye de la Fosse, where the troops landed on 7 September is shown, together with further camp positions in the vicinity of St Guildo and an encounter with the French in and around the Bay of St Cast. There is no explanation, on the map, to the numbers which appear against the regiments.

  • ? John Cleeve Pleydell (1736-1816) (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, a ‘4’ suspending the letters L V G below

    Mark, stamped: 865

    Condition: one fold line; formerly torn along length of fold into two halves; double pin holes top centre and bottom centre. Verso: induced discolouration; surface dirt along right edge

  • Scale: 1:42,300 approx. Scale bar: Scale of English Miles 3 [114 mm =].

    29.1 x 53.0 cm (neatline)

    32.9 x 53.0 cm (image)

    35.8 x 53.8 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A Map of the Bay of S.t Cast in Brittany and Country adjacent relative to the Expedition / under Gen.l Bligh in Septem.r 1758. [across top of map, outside neatline]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: S.Cas 7-11 Sep. 1758.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Cas, S.t A drawn Map of the Bay of S.t Cas in Bretagne and the adjacent country relative to the Expedition under General Bligh in September 1758: inclosing another copy of D.o on thin paper and a copy of a Letter giving an account of the Expedition.

  • 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)

    Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, Brittany, France (48°37'49"N 02°15'27"W)

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