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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

George Augustus Schultz (active 1734-49)

Encampment at Meerbeke, 1745 c.1745

Pencil, pen and ink on paper | Scale: 1:72,000 approx. | RCIN 729131

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A sketch of the encampment of the Allied army, under the command of the Duke of Cumberland, at Meerbeke, 10-11 July 1745. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with north-west to top.

Following the defeat of the Allies at Melle (see RCIN 729130), and the advance of the French army, Cumberland's position at the encampment at Grammont became untenable (see RCINs 729125-8) and he retreated north-eastwards to Meerbeke, near Ninove (50°49'39"N 04°01'35"E) on 10 July.

In fact, as this little sketch map shows, the new encampment straggled across the whole countryside between Grammont and Ninove, a distance of about 14 km (8.6 miles).

  • George Augustus Schultz (active 1734-49) (surveyor and draughtsman)

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

    Mark, stamped: 464

    Condition: four fold lines; considerably trimmed

  • Scale: 1:72,000 approx. Scale bar: [135 mm =] 1 [indecipherable.]

    13.3 x 26.9 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    No title


    George III heading: Sketch of the Encampment of the Allied Army at Meerbeeck, near Ninove. 10 - 11 July 1745.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil, erased:] [Camp at Meerbeeck July 10 1745]. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Meerbeeck A drawn Sketch of the Encampment of the Allied Army at Meerbeeck near Ninove, and July 1745; [in red ink:] by Schultz. [The same entry appears under the heading Encampments.]

  • 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)

    Meerbeke, Flanders, Belgium (50°49'28"N 04°02'12"E)

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