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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

William Eyres (d. 1764)

Encampment at Alphen, 1747

A Sketch of / the Camp at / Alphen, near Tilbourg / from april 21: to D.o 26. / 1747 c.1747

Pencil, pen and ink on paper | Scale: 1:32,200 approx. | RCIN 730095

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A map of the encampment of the Allied army under the command of the Duke of Cumberland at Alphen, April 1747. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with north to top (cardinal point).

The title of this sketch appears to be written in Edward Mason's (librarian to the Duke of Cumberland) hand. The plan is unfinished and the troop rectangles are uncoloured. The camp of the Austrians is identified west of Baarle; the Dutch lie between Baarle and Alphen while, according to a manuscript plan in the Marburg archive, Dutch, Bavarians, Hanoverians, Hessians and English lie to the south of Baarle, between that town and Popel (Dokument 148 Plan des Lagers der Alliierten in den Niederlanden bei Alphen unter dem Befehl des Herzogs von Cumberland, 21 April 1747 Signed ‘von Gohr’. Pressmark: HstAM Karten WHK 23/148. Digitalisierungsprojekt Wilhelmshöher Kriegskarten (WHK)).

The map extends from just north of Alphen south through Baarle (Baarle-Hertog 51°24'14"N 04°53'29"E) to Wild (Weelde 51°24'28"N 04°59'33"E), and as far east as Popel (Poppel 51°26'44"N 05°02'35"E).

  • William Eyres (d. 1764) (surveyor and draughtsman) [bottom right, signed:] Will: Eyres. Engineer.

  • Watermark: Lion with hat on spear and darts standing on VRYHEYT in crowned circle: PRO PATRIA EIUSQUE LIBERTATE; countermark: L V G

    Mark, stamped: 588

    Condition: two fold lines; 3.5 cm tear to fold line at left edge; 3.5 cm tear to fold line on top edge; 2.5 cm tear to fold line on right edge; 11.8 cm tear to fold line on bottom edge; brown stains. Verso: ink stains; surface dirt; traces of adhesive, and/or thinning of the paper, and/or remnants of a former mount at three places on both the left and right edges indicating the possible removal of a former mount, one small piece missing at centre of left edge

  • Scale: 1:32,200 approx. Scale bar: [100 mm =] 2 Miles.

    32.0 x 40.1 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A Sketch of / the Camp at / Alphen, near Tilbourg / from april 21: to D.o 26. / 1747. [top centre]


    George III heading: Encampment at Alphen 21 -26 April 1747.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, black pencil, crossed out and illegible; top right, black pencil:] 82.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Alphen A drawn Plan of the Encampment of the Allied Army at Alphen near Breda, from the to the of April 1747; by L.t W.m Eyres Eng.r [The same entry appears under the heading Encampment.]

  • 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)

    Alphen (North Brabant, Netherlands) 51°28'54"N 04°57'30"E

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