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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

R Robinson (active 1745)

Encampment at Diegem, 1745

Plan du Campement de L'Armée / Alliée à Diegem Commandée / par S.A.R. Le Duc de / Cumberland le 15.e Juillet N:S. / 1745 1745 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:12,800 approx. | RCIN 729141

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A plan of the encampment of the British Foot Guards and the Scottish Highlanders at Diegem, 15 July 1745. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with north-west to top.

The map is bounded, on the west (top) by the Brussels Canal (here called the ‘Canal d'Anvers’), and on the east (bottom) by the Chaussée de Louvain, and extends from Melsbroeck (Melsbroek 50°54'56"N 04°28'47"E) in the north to Brussels in the south, a distance of about 5 km (3.1 miles).

  • R Robinson (active 1745) (draughtsman) [bottom left, below border:] R. Robinson delin.t

  • Watermark: None visible

    Mark, stamped: 472

    Condition: one fold line; small tears to edges, one repaired with white paper; top margin becoming detached as a result of the acid in the ink eating through the paper. Verso: induced discolouration; surface dirt along left edge; bottom, right of centre, water-stained patch, shadow and ghosting from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:12,800 approx. Scale bar: [95 mm =] 1500 Pas communs.

    32.1 x 57.2 cm (neatline)

    33.2 x 57.8 cm (image)

    34.5 x 59.4 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan du Campement de L'Armée / Alliée à Diegem Commandée / par S.A.R. Le Duc de / Cumberland le 15.e Juillet N:S. / 1745. [bottom right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, below title, in title panel, a key, A-B, to the positions of the first camp of the Foot Guards and the Scottish Highlanders, and their second camp, made to provide cover for Cumberland's headquarters.]


    George III heading: Encampment at Dieghem 15 July 1745.

    Other annotations: (Recot) [top right, black pencil:] 53. (Verso) [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 30; [top right, black pencil:] 53 / C..; [right centre, red pencil:] 30.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Dieghem Plan dessiné du Campement de l'Armée Alliée a Dieghem commandée par le Duc de Cumberland, le 15 Juillet 1745: par R. Robinson. [The same entry appears under the heading Encampment.]

  • 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)

    Diegem, Flanders, Belgium (50°53'50"N 04°26'00"E)

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