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Frédéric Scalberge (fl. c.1620-40)

Siege of Verrua, 1625

Disegno di Verrua assediata dal duca di Feria adi x dagosto 1625 published 1625

Etching; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges left, bottom and right | 37.6 x 49.9 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 722016.a

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A low-middle oblique view of the siege of Franco-Savoyarde-held Verrua Savoia by the Spanish army, commanded by Gómez Suárez de Figueroa, 3rd Duke of Feria (1 September 1587-1634) and Captain Don Gonzalo de Cordoba from 10 August to 17 November 1625 resulting in a Franco-Savoyarde victory. The Thirty Years War (1618-48). Oriented with south to top.

In 1625 the Duke of Savoy had signed an alliance with France against Spain and Austria. The Duke of Feria lifted the siege of Verrua on 17 November 1625. See also RCIN 722015.

The print is dedicated to François de Brichanteau, seigneur de Gurci, maitre de camp of an infantry regiment then a Captain in the Swiss Guards of Gaston de France, Duke of Orleons. He died 29 November 1655 (Louis Moréri, Le Grand Dictionaire Historique Paris: Pierre-Augustin Mercier (1732), Vol.2 p.326.).

  • Frédéric Scalberge (fl. c.1620-40) (etcher and publisher) [bottom left:] federique Scalle Berge fecit exc. [bottom centre:] Romae Supior licentia / 1625.

  • Watermark: Shield with a kneeling holding a cross

    Condition: one fold line; very brown and discoloured; a faint printing – the ink is not black and sharp; small pieces missing from the top right and bottom left edges; some small loss of detail, bottom left; damage occurred before the print was mounted; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept above and below this print in a different collection are present on the recto and verso

  • 37.6 x 49.9 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    40.6 x 54.6 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Disegno di Verrua assediata dal duca di Feria adi x dagosto 1625 [across top of print]

    Dedication:

    [bottom left, in cartouche surmounted by coat of arms of Baron de gurci Caualiere:] All Illmo Sr Baron de gurci / Caualiere del . ordine dell / Annutiata - Capitano della / Guairdia del A Feror di Sauoia / federigue Scalle Berge humil,te .f.

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, in carouche framed on the right side by a tree, a key, A-I, K-Q, to the different encampments, Verrua castle, batteries, trenches etc.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Verua 1625.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil:] 1625. (Verso) [left, red pencil:] 1/142; [bottom right, black pencil, erased:] Verua 1625.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Verua Disegno di Verrua assediata dal Duca di Feria adi 10 d’Agosto 1625: da Federigue Scalle Berge, 1625.

  • 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)

    Rocca, [Verrua Savoia district], Piedmont, Italy (45°10ʹ28ʺN 08°05ʹ56ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2851

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