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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

George Augustus Schultz (active 1734-49)

Mainz, Brieberich and Rhine, 1743

A View from the Palace at Biberich towards the City of Mayntz, Anno 1743 c.1743

Pencil, pen and ink on paper | 9.4 x 22.2 cm (image) | RCIN 728115

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A view of Mainz taken from Biebrich showing the passage of the British army across the Rhine on 23 August 1743. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48).

The attribution to Schultz is made on stylistic grounds. This is a low oblique view taken from the east bank of the Rhine looking south-east towards Mainz. A pontoon bridge has been constructed across the river, linking the banks with an intervening island, Petersaue (not named on the view), across which baggage wagons, cavalry and infantry are crossing. The date ‘23.’ is written against the bridge. The eastern end of the Rettbergsaue island (not named on the view) can be seen to the right of the view. The date ‘22.d Octob.r’ is written against a couple of small boats in the immediate foreground; this may be the date of the execution of the drawing. The arrow in the river cannot be indicating the direction of flow but, the opposite, for the view is looking upstream.

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

  • Watermark: The letters GR with crown above, within a circle containing an olive wreath

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: brown discolouration

  • 9.4 x 22.2 cm (image)

    8.4 x 21.9 cm (neatline)

    11.5 x 25.1 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A View from the Palace at Biberich towards the City of Mayntz, Anno 1743. [top, outside border]


    George III heading: Passage of the Rhine near Mentz by the British Army 23 Aug.t 1743.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Rhine A drawn View of the Passage of the Rhine near Mentz by the British Army, 23 August 1743. [The same entry appears under the heading Mentz.]

  • 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)

    Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (50°00'00"N 08°16'15"E)

    Biebrich, Hesse, Germany (50°03'00"N 08°15'00"E)

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