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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

Anonymous

Antwerp and Fort Lillo, 1748

PLAN DEPVIS / LE FORT LILLO JVSQVES A / VN QVART DE LIEVE AVDEssous / D’ANVERS. 1748 1748

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:79,300 approx. | RCIN 731003

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A map of Antwerp and environs with the forts on each side of the River Scheldt, and the French fleet, February 1748. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with north to top. 

The cartographer appears to have shown the coastline as it appears at low tide, with mudflats being represented by a red wash with black stippling. An old fortified line to the north-east of Antwerp is annotated to indicate that it has been repaired. Small settlements to the north are annotated with the names of the French regiments and the number of troops billetted there.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark; Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, suspending a ‘4’

    Mark, stamped: 718

    Condition: five fold lines. Verso: induced discolouration; surface dirt

  • Scale: 1:79,300 approx. [bottom left, in title cartouche:] ECHELLE dune Lieues [156 mm =].

    41.4 x 49.0 cm (neatline)

    42.3 x 49.6 cm (image)

    44.5 x 51.0 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN DEPVIS / LE FORT LILLO JVSQVES A / VN QVART DE LIEVE AVDEssous / D’ANVERS. 1748. [bottom left, in decorative cartouche of leaves and scrolls]

    Additional text:

    [Bottom left, following on from title, in title cartouche:] LEVÉ TRES EXACTEment / sur les lieux auec une partie des Batteaux de Monsieur le / Marechal de Louwendal. Fait le 25 feurier 1748.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Antwerp 25 Feb.y 1748.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, black pencil:] Envers & Lillo - 14 [and] [a] CXXVII; [top, right of centre, black pencil, erased:] 14 [and an indistinct, underlined word]; [right of centre, red pencil:] 62; [bottom right, black pencil, indistinct]; [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 15; [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 6[1].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Antwerp Plan dessiné des Environs d'Anvers, avec une partie des Bateaux du Marechal de Louwendahl, le 25 Fevrier 1748.

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

     

  • Subject(s)

    Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium (51°13'11"N 04°25'12"E)

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