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Thirty Years War (1618-48)

Maps, prints and letterpress text covering the major battles and sieges of the war


View of the siege of Casale Monferrato, 1628-9 (Casale Monferrato [Casale], Piedmont, Italy) 45°08ʹ00ʺN 08°27ʹ09ʺE

1629 or later

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B) | 35.1 x 24.0 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 722035

A high oblique view of the first siege of Casale Monferrato, 28 March 1628-16 March 1629. War of the Mantuan Succession (1628-31); part of the Thirty Years War (1618-48). Oriented with west to top.

The view shows the field fortifications, encampments and quarters of the besieging Spanish army. The towns of Pontestura (45°08ʹ33ʺN 08°20ʹ00ʺ) and Coniollo (Coniolo 45°08ʹ53ʺN 08°22ʹ15ʺE) are at the top (west) of the view, with Giorgio (San Giorgio 45°06ʹ28ʺN 08°24ʹ51ʺE) shown to the left (south) of Casale, and Frasine di Po (Frassineto Po 45°07ʹ58ʺN 08°32ʹ07ʺE) at the bottom (east). On the north bank of the Po the towns of Morano (Morano sul Po 45°09ʹ58ʺN 08°22ʹ00ʺE) and Villa noua (Villanova Monferrato 45°10ʹ52ʺN 08°28ʹ41ʺE) are shown.

See the notes to RCIN 722031.

  • Cristoforo Torniello (active 1628-29) (draughtsman) [bottom left:] Disegnato da Cristoforo Torniello, Soldato / della Compag.a del S.r Mauritio / Castiglionj.


  • Watermark: The letters IHS in circle

    Condition: two fold lines; surface is worn, thin, and broken in places; overall brown discolouration; printed from a scratched plate. One fold line to the mount which does not coincide with the print folds; no gilt edges. Verso: brown woodgrain patterning, as if the map had been previously pasted onto a wood backing, then removed. 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

  • 35.1 x 24.0 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    44.3 x 32.0 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Il Vero et Real / Disegno / del Assedio di / CASAL MON= / FERRATO [top left, in scroll cartouche]


    George III heading: Casal besieged by Don Gonzales de Cordova, 28 March 1628 – 16 March 1629.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom, on mount, black pencil, erased, what is possibly the old heading.] (Verso) [left, on mount, black pencil:] II/26; [left, on mount, red pencil:] 1/162; [top left, on mount, black pencil:] Casal.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Casal Disegno del Assedio di Casal Monferrato, 1628; da Cristofero Torniello.

  • Subject(s)

    Casale Monferrato [Casale], Piedmont, Italy (45°08ʹ00ʺN 08°27ʹ09ʺE)

  • 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. 2877

Page revisions

  • 25 May 2024