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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

? R Robinson (active 1745)

Encampment at Ostend, 1745

PLAN of OSTEND / with / the Situation of the French Army / before the Town / Aug.t y.e 4:th 1745 1745 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; some pricking through | Scale: not stated | RCIN 729147

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A map of the encampment of the French army at Ostend, 4 August 1745. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with south-east to top.

Ostend was a key port for the British whose troops were customarily landed there en route for continental theatres of operations. It fell to the French on 24 August 1745. This map shows the French camps to the north and south of Ostend, and the extensive trenches that were constructed to the south and east. Fort St Philip is shown to the east.

  • ? R Robinson (active 1745) (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 477

    Condition: one fold line; trimmed; creased. Verso: induced discolouration

  • Scale: not stated

    32.5 x 44.3 cm (neatline)

    33.3 x 44.8 cm (image)

    35.0 x 46.6 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN of OSTEND / with / the Situation of the French Army / before the Town / Aug.t y.e 4:th 1745. [bottom left, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, below title, in title panel, a key, a-i, k-l, to the locations of batteries, trenches, other small fortifications, works, etc.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Encampment at Ostend 4 Aug.t 1745.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, red pencil:] 9/61 [the ‘6’ is crossed through in black pencil]; [top left, black pencil:] X/88; [bottom right, black pencil:] O No4

    George III catalogue entry:

    Ostend A drawn Plan of Ostend with the Encampment of the French Army before the Town, 4.th August 1745. [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)

    Oostende, Flanders, Belgium (51°13'24"N 02°54'42"E)

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