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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

Pierre Chassereau (active 1730-50)

Cartagena, 1741

CARTAGENA in Terra firma Americæ sita, ichnographice repræsentata et recusa Norimbergæ ab Homan. Heredibus 1741 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand-coloured | Scale: 1:78,000 approx. | RCIN 728034

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A map of Cartagena, showing the attacks by the British, commanded by Vice-Admiral Edward Vernon (1684-1757) in March 1741. War with Spain (Jenkins's Ear) (1739-48): part of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48).

Oriented with east to top (compass rose). The combined operations attack, under the command of Admiral Vernon and Brigadier General Thomas Wentworth (d.1747), on Spanish-held Cartagena was intended to achieve British control over trade in the West Indies. The action took place between the middle of March 1741 and ended in a British defeat by June.

This map is a reduced version of Pierre Chassereau's plan of Cartagena of 1740 which was published in 1740 by Thomas and John Bowles: A New and Correct Plan of the Harbour Carthagena in America from a Draught brought to England by By Pet Chassereau Archi: 1740 Also several remarks concerning ye Town of Carthagena & ye Forts erected for its defence R Parr Sculp (BL Maps CC.5.a.15.). The text describes events down to 1695 but does not mention the British Attack of 1741. The details of the British attack, shown on this map, were probably taken from the Toms and Harding publication of May 1741 (RCIN 728032). This map was originally printed on the same sheet as a plan of Havana, but the two were commonly separated.

  • Pierre Chassereau (active 1730-50) (draughtsman)

    Homann's Heirs (1724-1848) (publisher)

  • Watermark: A double-lined ‘4’ with double upright suspending a heart within which are the initials MHD

    Condition: one crease line. Verso: some offsetting from a different print or map

  • Scale: 1:78,000 approx. Scale bar: 3. Engl Meilen [62 mm =] 3.

    22.8 x 28.2 cm (neatline)

    23.8 x 28.6 cm (image)

    24.7 x 29.8 cm (platemark)

    26.2 x 32.1 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    CARTAGENA in Terra firma Americæ sita, ichnographice repræsentata et recusa Norimbergæ ab Homan. Heredibus. [top, outside border]

    Printed title:

    Neu und verbesserter PLAN des / Hafens von CARTHAGENA in / America, 16°26' Norder Breite, / nach dem Entwurf des Pr. / Chassereau, Archit. 1740. / nach Engelland gebracht, / und ans Liecht gegeben. [bottom left, in elaborate cartouche surmounted by a bearded and crowned head, and flanked by a Spanish? figure offering a chest of money on the left, and figures on the right]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below map, a brief history of Cartagena and an explanatory key to the map.]


    George III heading: Cartagena 1741.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Cartagena A Plan of Cartagena, with the Attacks of the English Fleet under Admiral Vernon in March 1741; copied from Chassereau's Plan, published by the Heirs of Homann.

  • 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)

    Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia (37°36'18"N 00°59'10"W)

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