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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland


Encampment at Avelgem, 1744

Plan du / Campement des Alliez à / Avelghem le / Octobre N:S: 1744 1744 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:21,000 approx. | RCIN 729050

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A map of the encampment of the Allied army under the command of Duke d'Arenberg at Avelgem, 1 October 1744. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with west to top.

In the same hand as RCINs 729011-12, 729014, 729017, 729020-22, 729030, 729037-8, 729047-9, 729051-8.

This appears to be a neater copy, in the same hand as RCIN 729049. The encampment, on the west side of the River Escaut (Scheldt), extends for a distance of about 9.5 km (6 miles) from Avelgem in the north, south-westwards through Hautrive (Outrijve 50°45'27"N 03°25'46"E), Bossutt (Bossuit 50°44'54"N 03°24'29"E), Helchin (Helkijn 50°43'55"N 03°23'02"E) to Espierre (Spiere 50°43'08"N 3°21'22"E). Troops are coloured according to nationality: British (red), Hanoverian (yellow), Dutch (blue), Austrians (green). The British, Hanoverian, Dutch and Austrian artillery park is sited on the east side of the Escaut just north of Esconaffe (Escanaffles 50°45'26"N 03°27'10"E).

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in shield, crown above; countermark: IVILLEDARY

    Mark, stamped: 396

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: induced discolouration

  • Scale: not stated. 1:21,000 approx.

    23.5 x 52.2 cm (image)

    22.7 x 51.3 cm (neatline)

    25.1 x 53.7 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan du / Campement des Alliez à / Avelghem le / Octobre N:S: 1744. [top left, in rectangular panel]


    Encampment at Avelghem 1 Oct.r 1744.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 7. (Verso) [top left, red pencil:] 8/52 [and, black pencil:] X/16; [top, left of centre, black pencil, in Schultz's or Mason's hand:] 43; [right centre, red pencil:] 43; [bottom right, black pencil:] 21.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Avelghem Plan dessiné du Campement des Alliés a Avelghem, le 1 1744. [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)

    Avelgem, Flanders, Belgium (50°46'34"N 03°26'42"E)

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