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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

Charles Bisset (d. 1791)

Bergen op Zoom, 1747 1747

Pencil, pen and ink on paper; one sheet with a map on both sides; the image on each side occupies the whole sheet | Scale: (Recto) Scale not stated. 1:28,000 approx. (Verso) Pricked scale bar: Schele for the Sketch of 100 Toises [34 mm =]; 1:5,700 approx. | RCIN 730149.a

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Two maps of the environs of Bergen op Zoom and its fortifications during the French siege, 1747. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with east to top. One sheet with a map on each side.

The town of Bergen op Zoom, fortified by Menno van Coehoorn and garrisoned under the command of General Cronström, was besieged by the French army under the command of Count Löwendahl, from 14 July to 18 September, when the fortified town was overrun by the French.

These rough sketches show the state of the operations at the beginning of August 1747 and were made by Charles Bisset, whose regiment, also known as Loudon's Highlanders, formed part of the town's garrison at the time.

RCINs 730149.a and b were formerly contained in a rough buff paper folder measuring 51.5 x 33.3 cm (folded size) on the front of which is written the George III heading; also inscribed on the front, in ink is: No. 642-643 [these are the stamped numbers on the items]; in black pencil, in a modern hand: a & b CMB Nov '86 [i.e. 1986].

  • Charles Bisset (d. 1791) (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys, the letters VD L below; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 642

    Condition: six fold lines; formerly folded to 11.6 x 11.6 cm

  • Scale: (Recto) Scale not stated. 1:28,000 approx. (Verso) Pricked scale bar: Schele for the Sketch of 100 Toises [34 mm =]; 1:5,700 approx.

    37.1 x 46.4 cm (image and sheet of Recto)

    46.4 x 37.1 cm (image and sheet of Verso)

  • Printed title:

    No title

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Bergen op Zoom 1747.

    Other annotations: [Verso of map:] This was done on the 2d Augt & ye / 18 day from the French / breaking ground beforfe the Town / By Ens.n Cha.s Bisset. [Explanatory text is signed:] by Ens.n Cha.s Bisset of the First Highland / Regiment.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Bergen op Zoom A drawn Sketch of the Fortifications of Bergen op Zoom and of the Lines in its neighbourhood, with the French attacks in 1747: by Ensign Charles Bisset, 2.d Aug.t 1747: and a MS. Explanation by D.o

  • 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)

    Bergen op Zoom, North Brabant, Netherlands (51°29'42"N 04°17'30"E)

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