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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland


Battle of Lafelt, 1747

Plan de la Bataille de Laffelt donnée / le 2. Juillet 1747 entre l'armée des / hauts Alliés, et celle de france 1747 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:50,750 approx. | RCIN 730136

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A map of the Battle of Lafelt, fought on 2 July 1747 between the French army, commanded by Marshal Maurice Saxe (1696-1750) and the Allied army (Great Britain, Hanover, Austria, Dutch Republic), commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), Karl Josef Batthyány (1697-1772) and the Prince of Waldeck (1704-63) resulting in a French victory. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with south to top (compass rose).

This shows a wider geographical coverage than the preceding maps of the battle, extending from Neerharen (50°54'34"N 05°40'49"E) in the north to Hautain (Houtain-Saint-Siméon 50°44'24"N 05°36'44"E) in the south, and from Tongres (Tongeren 50°46'49"N 05°27'53"E) in the west to Bomelen (Bemelen 50°50'48"N 05°45'45"E) in the east.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, a ‘4’ suspending the letters WR below; countermark: I VILLEDARY

    Mark, stamped: 629

    Condition: two fold lines; brown staining. Verso: foxing; bottom left, water-stained patch and shadow from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:50,750 approx. Scale bar: Echelle d'une heure de chemin [96 mm =].

    35.5 x 41.1 cm (neatline)

    51.8 x 42.0 cm (image)

    53.3 x 43.3 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan de la Bataille de Laffelt donnée / le 2. Juillet 1747 entre l'armée des / hauts Alliés, et celle de france. [top left, in rococo cartouche, embellished with striped flags]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below map, in three columns in rectangular panel, a key, A-I, K-T, V, X-Z, to the positions and movements of the armies:] Renvoy.


    George III heading: Battle of Laffeldt 2 July 1747.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom right, black pencil or ink, crossed out in red pencil, obscured by white paper strip:] Laffeldt; [bottom right, black pencil:] 25; [bottom centre, red pencil:] 25.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Laffeldt Plan dessiné de la Bataille de Laffelt, donnée le 2 Juillet 1747 entre l'Armée des Hauts Alliés et celle de France.

  • 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)

    Lafelt, Limburg, Belgium (50°49'49"N 05°36'43"E)

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