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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland


Encampent at Bouwel, 1747

PLAN / Du Camp de l'Armée Alliée / entre la grosse et petite Nehte / près de Bauvel. / occupé le 26 Maj 1747 1747 or later

Pen, ink and watercolour on two pieces of paper, joined | Scale: 1:34,800 approx. | RCIN 730114

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A map of the encampment of the Allied army under the command of the Duke of Cumberland at Bouwel, 26 May 1747. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with south to top (compass rose).

The troop rectangles are coloured according to nationality: English (red); Hanoverian (dark orange); Hessian (yellow); Dutch (dark blue); Austrian (green). The camp occupies the area of ground between the two rivers: Grote Nete and Kleine Nete, a distance of about 11 km (6.8 miles), stretching from Lier (51°07'52"N 04°34'13"E), east to Herenthals (51°10'35"N 04°49'56"E). The main part of the camp passes through Bevel (51°08'16"N 04°40'48"E), a few outposts of British and Dutch troops are encamped near Bauvel (i.e. Bouwel).

  • Anonymous (cartographer) [top left, in title panel, bottom right:] Fait à Herenthals / ce 6. Juin. 1747.

  • Watermark: Dutch lion, VRYHEYT, holding a hat on a pole and five darts within a crowned circle: Pro Patria Eiusque Libertate; countermark: GS

    Mark, stamped: 607

    Condition: eight fold lines. Verso: induced discolouration; top left, water-stained patch from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:34,800 approx. Scale bar: [70mm =] 3000 Pas.

    28.9 x 50.5 cm (neatline)

    29.0 x 51.1 cm (image)

    30.2 x 52.4 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN / Du Camp de l'Armée Alliée / entre la grosse et petite Nehte / près de Bauvel. / occupé le 26 Maj 1747. [top left, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    Renvoy. [bottom right, in rectangular panel, a key to the positions of the British, Hanoverian, Hessian, Dutch and Austrian troops and their respective headquarters]


    George III heading: Encampment at Bouwel 26 May 1747.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, red pencil:] 11/32 [the ‘2’ is corrected to a ‘1’; the ‘32’ appears to be crossed out in black pencil].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampment Plan dessiné du Camp de l'Armée Alliée entre la grosse et la petite Nethe pres de Bouwel, occupé le 26 Mai 1747. [The same entry appears under the heading Bouwel.]

  • 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)

    Bouwel (Flanders, Belgium) 51°10'22"N 04°44'30"E

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