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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 Lérida, 1647 (Lleida [Lérida], Catalonia, Spain) 41°37ʹ00ʺN 00°37ʹ19ʺE

c.1647 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edge, right | 14.9 x 50.7 cm (neatline) | RCIN 723074

A middle oblique view of Lleida [Lérida] besieged between 12 May and 17 June 1647 by the French, commanded by Louis II de Bourbon-Condé (duc d’Enghien; 8 September 1621-11 December 1686), resulting in the raising of the siege on 17 June in the face of the imminent arrival of a Spanish relief army. Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Oriented with north-west to top.

See also RCIN 723073.

This print gives a vivid impression of the impregnability of Lérida which, together with the Fort de Garden (marked with an ‘N’) was built on solid rock. The soldiers placing the mines (‘T’) were killed one after the other. Fierce enemy sorties from the fort and elsewhere (‘R’) caused more French casualties.

  • Gabriel Perelle (1603-77) (etcher) [bottom left, inside neatline:] G. Perelle sculp.


  • Watermark: Print: none visible. Mount: none.

    Condition: one fold line

  • 14.9 x 50.7 cm (neatline)

    16.5 x 51.1 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    18.0 x 53.0 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    LERIDA / en Catalogne [top centre, in and below banderole]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below neatline, a key, A-I, K-T, V, and an incomplete statement on the position of Lérida, lacking geographical co-ordinates for which spaces have been left.]


    George III heading: Lerida 1647.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil:] 1647; [bottom, below view, black pencil, erased:] besieged by the forces of Condé and [?]. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lerida Vue du Siege de Lerida en Catalogne par le Prince de Condé en 1647; par G. Perelle.

  • Subject(s)

    Lleida [Lérida], Catalonia, Spain (41°37ʹ00ʺN 00°37ʹ19ʺE)

  • 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. 3198

Page revisions

  • 25 May 2024