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Battle of Klein-Gerau, 1622

Die bluttigen Nitterlag des Manßfeldtim Gerawen. Ao. 1622. / von 9. biß auff 12 iunÿ 1622 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B) | 17.4 x 29.8 cm (image and neatline) | RCIN 722005

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A middle-high oblique view of the events before, during and after the Battle of Höchst, fought on 20 June 1622 (N.S.) between the catholic forces of the Holy Roman Empire, commanded by the Dutch Field Marshal John Tserclaes, Count of Tilly (February 1559-30 April 1632), against a Protestant army led by Christian the Younger of Brunswick (20 September 1599-16 June 1626), resulting in a royalist victory. Thirty Years War (1618-48). Oriented with east to top.

The manuscript text at the top of the map may have been copied from printed text (either engraved or letterpress) relating to the engraved letters on the map. Tilly's name is mentioned in reference to his foot soldiers and cavalry which are shown in the view the marauding forces of Ernst, Graf von Mansfeld (c.1580-29 November 1626), who, fighting here in the Rhenish Palatinate on the side of Frederick V ravaged the area.

  • Anonymous (printmaker)

  • Watermark: Sword with trefoil; countermark: a crown?

    Condition: four fold lines; considerable brown discolouration and staining. Pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept below this print in a different collection are present on the verso

  • 17.4 x 29.8 cm (image and neatline)

    cropped (platemark)

    19.9 x 30.5 cm (sheet)

    22.9 x 35.8 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Die bluttigen Nitterlag des Manßfeldt im  Gerawen. Ao. 1622. / von 9. biß auff 12 iunÿ. [top right]


    George III heading: Gerau 1622.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [across top of print, in seventeenth century? hand, ink, in Latin, an alphabetical key, A-H, to the engraved/etched letters on the print.] (Verso) [top, left of centre, across mount and print, red pencil:] 1/129 [and, black pencil:] I/133; [top right, on mount, black pencil, erased:] Gerawen.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Gerau Die bluttigen Nitterlag des Mansfeldt im Gerawen, 1622 von 9 bis auff 12 Juny.

  • 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)

    Klein-Gerau, Hesse, Germany (49°55ʹ12ʺN  08°31ʹ19ʺE)

    Höchst, Hesse, Germany (50°05ʹ45ʺN  08°32ʹ19ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019. 2840

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