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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland


Lorient, 1746 1746 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. Not drawn to scale. | RCIN 730072

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A sketch of the French coast from Quimperlé Bay to Port l'Orient, 1746. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with north to top.

A rough sketch, made after the unsuccessful expedition under the command of General The Hon. James St Clair (1688-1762), showing the locations of landing and re-embarking, and the routes to Lorient by way of Guidel and Ploemeur, with the positions of the British camp and battery, and of the French cavalry. The Island of Groix is shown.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Horn in crowned shield, a ‘4’ suspending the letters WR below; countermark: HR

    Mark, stamped: 567

    Condition: six fold lines; formerly folded to 9.6 x 11.4 cm; small tear to bottom right edge

  • Scale: not stated. Not drawn to scale.

    31.4 x 31.1 cm (image and neatline)

    32.6 x 32.2 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    No title


    George III heading: Port l'Orient 20 -28 Sept.r 1746.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [centre, red pencil:] 58.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Orient A drawn Map of the Coast of Bretagne in the Environs of Port l’Orient relative to the Expedition against that place under General Sinclair in September 1746.

  • 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)

    Lorient, Brittany, France (47°45'00"N 03°22'00"W)

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