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Isaak Major (c.1576-c.1645)

Battle of Lützen, 1632

Delineatio utriusque exercitus tam Cælareani, quam Suetici prout constituti e rant invicem aggredientes in confli / ctu die 16. Novembris Anno 1632. penes Luzen habito cum specificatione Ducum, & Turmarum... published 1633

Etching and engraving; printed from four copperplates on four sheets of paper, then joined; mounted on paper, mount cropped (Remains of type A mount) | 69.1 x 107.7 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 722069.a

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A view of the Battle of Lutzen, fought on 16 November (N.S.) 1632 between the Protestant Swedish army, commanded by Gustavus Adolphus (9 December 1594-16 November 1632) and the Catholic Holy Roman Empire commanded by Albrecht von Wallenstein (24 September 1583-25 February 1634), resulting in a Protestant victory at the cost of the death of the Swedish king. Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Oriented with north-west to top. See RCIN 722069.b for the accompanying letterpress text.

  • Isaak Major (c.1576-c.1645) (engraver) [bottom left of view:] Isaac Maior incidit.

    Matthaeus Formica (d.1639) (publisher) [bottom right of accompanying text (RCIN 722069.b):] VIENNÆ AVSTRIÆ, Typis Matthei Formicæ / Anno M. DC. XXXIII.

  • Watermark: Bottom left sheet: imperial crown; top left sheet: double-headed eagle, crown above; top right sheet: uncertain; bottom right sheet: indistinct, coat of arms, cross in left half, wing in right half.

    Condition: five fold lines; 8.2 cm tear, bottom right; brown discolouration to both sides. Verso: left, black rectangular ink smudged patch

  • 69.1 x 107.7 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

  • Printed title:

    Delineatio utriusque exercitus tam Cælareani, quam Suetici prout constituti e rant invicem aggredientes in confli / ctu die 16. Novembris Anno 1632. penes Luzen habito cum specificatione Ducum, & Turmarum utriusque exercitus. [title taken from accompanying letterpress text (RCIN 722069.b)]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Battle of Lutzen 6 Nov.r 1632

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lutzen Delineatio utriusque Excercitus tam Cæsareani quam Suetici prout constituti erant invicem aggredientes in conflictu die 6 Novembris 1632 penes Luzen habito: cum specificatione Ducum et Turmarum utriusque Exercitus: per I. Major, apud M. Formicam, 1633. 4 tab.

  • 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)

    Lützen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (51°15ʹ24ʺN 12°08ʹ29ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    M. McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2940

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