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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 / le 11:me Octob: / 1746 1746 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on linen | Scale: 1:29,900 approx. | RCIN 730075

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A map of the Battle of Raucoux fought on 11 October 1746 between the French army, commanded by Marshal Maurice de Saxe (1696-1750) and the Allied army commanded by Charles of Lorraine (1712-80), General John Ligonier (1680-1770) and Karl August, Prince of Waldeck (1704-63), resulting in a French victory. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with west-north-west to top.

The area covered extends 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.

  • François Hancko (active 1741-8) (draughtsman) [bottom left, below scale bar, inside neatline:] Fait par Hancko Ingenieur au Servis de sa Maje. Britannique.

  • Watermark: Strasburg bend and lily; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 569

    Condition: one fold line; trimmed. Verso: linen stamp; foxing and brown staining; bottom, right of centre: water-stained patch, shadow and fragments from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label; part of a linen mark stamp remains

  • Scale: 1:29,900 approx. Scale bar: Echelle d'un demi lieu de Brabant [93 mm =].

    41.4 x 48.0 cm (neatline)

    43.9 x 51.1 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan / de l’attaque / devant / Liege / le 11:me Octob: / 1746. [bottom left, in ornate cartouche]

    Additional text:

    [top left, inside neatline and bordered by an uneven decorated line, an account of the battle and an explanation of the letters on the map:] Ranvoÿ [the explanatory text is continued, top right, within a similarly ornamented line.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: [verso, on white paper strip:] Battle of Raucoux 11 Oct.r 1746.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 52; [top, right of centre, ink, crossed out in red pencil, obscured by white paper strip:] Raucoux; [top right, black pencil:] 77.; [top right, ink or black pencil, obscured by linen:] F; [right centre, red pencil:] 52.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Raucoux Plan dessine de la Bataille de Raucoux pres de Liege. le 11 Oct.re 1746, par Hancko Ing.r

  • 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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