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Sébastien Pontault de Beaulieu (c. 1612-74)

Fort Mardyck, 1646

PLAN DV / FORT MARDICK / Et de ses attacques, en l’an 1646. / Par . S.A.R. MONS.R LE DVC D’ORLEANS / Generalissime des Armees de sa / Maiesté tres Chrestienne c.1646

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; mounted on paper (mount mostly removed; Type B) | Scale: 1:5,000 approx. | RCIN 723071

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A high oblique view and map of Fort Mardyck, besieged from 4 to 25 August 1646 by the French commanded by Gaston, duc d’Orléans (25 April 1608-2 February 1660) and Louis II de Bourbon-Condé (duc d’Enghien; 8 September 1621-11 December 1686) and showing the Dutch fleet off the coast commanded by Admiral Maarten Tromp (23 April 1598-10 August 1653). Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Oriented with south-east to top.

Published in 1649 in Blaeu’s Tonneel Der Steden Van ‘s Konings Nederlanden.

  • Sébastien Pontault de Beaulieu (c. 1612-74) (cartographer) [top left, below title, in title cartouche:] Par le S.r de Beaulieu Ingenieur / et Geographe ordre du Roÿ.

    ? Joannes Blaeu (1596-1673) (publisher)

  • Watermark: Shield with three diagonal lines running from top right to bottom left, separating the letters I and B

    Condition: one fold line; heavy brown discolouration; some pressure marks. Verso: remains of Mount Type B

  • Scale: 1:5,000 approx. Scale bar: Eschelle de deux cent Thoises [78 mm =].

    42.1 x 52.3 cm (image and neatline)

    42.4 x 52.6 cm (platemark)

    42.5 x 52.7 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN DV / FORT MARDICK  / Et de ses attacques, en l’an 1646. / Par . S.A.R. MONS.R LE DVC D’ORLEANS / Generalissime des Armees de sa / Maiesté tres Chrestienne. [top left, in draped, fringed cloth held aloft at each top corner by an eagle and decorated with the accoutrements of war]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Mardick 1646.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Mardick Plan du Fort Mardick et de ses Attaques en 1646 par le Duc d’Orleans: par le S.r de Beaulieu Ing.r

  • 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)

    Fort Mardyck, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France (51°01ʹ44ʺN 02°18ʹ26ʺE)

  • 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. 3195

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