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War of the Austrian Succession (1740-8)

Includes much of the mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, as Captain General of the British army

ROBERT BARKER (1729?-1789)

Hellenrouck and Nistelrode, 1748

MARCH / of the / ALLIED ARMY / under the Command of H:R:H: / the / DUKE of CUMBERLANd / From Hellenrouck Camp to Nistelroy. in / 1748


Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on three sheets of paper, joined; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: 1:61,100 approx. | RCIN 731022

A map of the march route and encampments of the Allied army from Hellenrouck to Nistelrode, 1748. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with south-west to top (compass rose).

It would appear that the dates on the map are given, according to the Julian Calendar, or Old Style, which was eleven days behind the Gregorian Calendar, or New Style, at this time, so that the march route of 1 May should read 12 May. This march of the Allied army crossed 75-80 km (46-50 miles) of country between 12 and 21 May 1748. The map shows the route with three columns passing over the three pontoon bridges across the Meuse which are shown on the encampment plans for Hellenrouck (RCINs 731009-731015).

The draughtsman of this map, Robert Barker, went on to become Brigadier-General Sir Robert Barker, and, in 1765, Commander-in-Chief, Bengal. He was Member of Parliament for Wallingford.

Condition: three fold lines. Verso: pronounced foxing.
  • Robert Barker (1729?-1789) (draughtsman) [top left, following date:] by / Robt Barker.

  • Watermark: None visible; may be obscured by linen backing

    Mark, stamped: 734

    Condition: three fold lines. Verso: pronounced foxing

  • Scale: 1:61,100 approx. Scale bar: SCALE of ENGLISH Miles [158 mm =] 6.

    44.2 x 143.4 cm (neatline)

    45.1 x 144.0 cm (image)

    52.1 x 145.1 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    MARCH / of the / ALLIED ARMY / under the Command of H:R:H: / the / DUKE of CUMBERLANd / From Hellenrouck Camp to Nistelroy. in / 1748. [top left, in rococo cartouche embellished with symbols of war: drums, cannon, flags, etc.]


    George III heading: [verso, on white paper label pasted to linen backing:] March and Encampment from Hellenrouck to Nistelroy 12-21 May 1748.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil, perhaps in the hand of Mason, librarian to the Duke of Cumberland:] 132. (Verso) [bottom left, ink:] 175; [top, right of centre, black pencil:] 132; [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 72.

    George III catalogue entry:

    March A drawn Map of the March and Encampments of the Allied Army under the command of the Duke of Cumberland from Hellenrouck Camp, the 12th to Nistelroy the 21st of May 1748: by Robt. Parker Engr. 2 sheets. [The same entry appears under the headings Encampment and Nistelroy.]


  • Subject(s)

    Hillenraed Castle, Limburg, Netherlands (51°13'18"N 06°02'03"E)

    Nistelrode, North Brabant, Netherlands (51°42'15"N 05°33'45"E)

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  • 14 March 2024