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Battle of Bílá Hora, 1621

LA BATTAGLIA SVCCESSA SOPRA IL MONTE BLANCO DI PRAGA FRA L’ARMATA IMPERIALE, E DI BAVIERA, E QVELLA DEL PALATINO, E BOHEMI / CON LA TOTALE ROTTA DI QVESTI: A DI 7 DI NOVEMBRE. 1620 1620 or later

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B) | 22.9 x 32.7 cm (neatline) | RCIN 721143

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A view of the Battle of Bílá Hora (White Mountain), which was fought on 8 November 1620 between Protestant rebels of Bohemia, commanded by Prince Christian of Anhalt (11 May 1568-17 April 1630) and the Catholic forces of the Holy Roman Empire (commanded by Johan Tserclaes, Count of Tilly (February 1559-30 April 1632), resulting in an Imperial victory. Thirty Years War (1618-1648).

This appears to be the second plate in perhaps, a series of just two, and closely resembles, in detail, RCIN 721141.g which shows the final stages of the battle, with the route of the Bohemian army.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: A crowned shield with an animal [lion rampant?] within, the letter 'D' to the side of the shield

    Condition: one fold line; no gilt edges

  • 22.9 x 32.7 cm (neatline)

    25.4 x 32.7 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    25.9 x 33.2 cm (sheet)

    27.2 x 35.8 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    LA BATTAGLIA SVCCESSA SOPRA IL MONTE BLANCO DI PRAGA FRA L’ARMATA IMPERIALE, E DI BAVIERA, E QVELLA DEL PALATINO, E BOHEMI / CON LA TOTALE ROTTA DI QVESTI: A DI 7 DI NOVEMBRE. 1620. [across top of view]

    Additional text:

    [below view, a key, A-H:] 2.a Tauola.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Prague Nov.r 1620.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil:] 143. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Prague La Battaglia successa sopro il Monte Bianco di Praga fra l’Armata Imperiale e di Baviera e quella del Palatino e Bohemi, con la totale rotta di questi, adi 7 di Novembre 1620.

  • From the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-22 October 1657); inherited by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-1689); sold by Carlo Antonio’s grandson to Clement XI, 1703; acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Albani by 1714, from whom purchased by George III in 1762

  • Subject(s)

    Bílá Hora, near Prague, Czech Republic (50°04'N 14°19'E)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019. 2833

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