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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

? François Hancko (active 1741-8)

Battle of Raucoux, 1746

Plan de l’attaque devant Liege l’11: Octob: 1746 c.1746

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:29,900 approx. | RCIN 730076

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A map of the Battle of Raucoux, 11 October 1746. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with west-north-west to top.

This is a plainer version of Hancko's map of the battle at RCIN 730075, and covers the same area, extending for a distance of about 14 km from Fauxbourg St Gilles (50°37'41"N 05°32'44"E), Ance (Ans 50°39'44"N 05°31'13"E), and Aleur (Alleur 50°40'28"N 05°30'47"E) in the south to Sleus (Sluizen 50°45'54"N 05°31'52"E), Glaen (Glons 50°45'11"N 05°32'44"E), Else (Elst 50°46'06"N 05°33'29"E), Büerien (Boirs 50°45'10"N 05°34'45"E), Röekling (Roclenge-Sur-Geer 50°45'24"N 05°35'40"E), and Baisenie (Bassenge 50°45'31"N 05°36'35"E) in the north; also from Péve (Paifve 50°43'41"N 05°31'24"E) in the west, to Oupey (Oupeye 50°42'42"N 05°38'48"E), in the east, a distance of about 11 km.

The attribution to Hancko is made on stylistic grounds. A note, bottom left, states that the troops are coloured according to nationality: English (red), Austrians (green), Hanoverians (yellow), Hessians (grey), Dutch (orange), French (blue).

  • ? François Hancko (active 1741-8) (draughtsman)

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

    Mark, stamped: 570

    Condition: one fold line; tear in bottom margin. Verso: induced discolouration

  • Scale: not stated. 1:29,900 approx.

    39.2 x 45.4 cm (neatline)

    49.6 x 46.7 cm (image)

    51.8 x 48.5 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan de l’attaque devant Liege l’11: Octob: 1746. [bottom, in rectangular panel across bottom of map]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below title, in title box, a brief account of the battle and an explanation of the letters on the map:] Village Raucoux le quel à etéz attaqué en plusieurs collogue dans quelle Village sais trouvois deux Batt: Angloise granham et douglas …


    George III heading: Battle of Raucoux 11 Oct.r 1746.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top, right of centre, red pencil:] 10/70.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Raucoux Plan dessiné de la Bataille de Raucoux pres de Liege, le 11 1746.

  • 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)

    Rocourt (Walloon Region, Belgium) 50°40'32"N 05°32'46"E

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