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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


Map of encampment at Kelsterbach, 1743 (Kelsterbach, Hesse, Germany) 50°04'00"N 08°32'00"E

c.1743 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:33,000 approx. | RCIN 728089

A map of the encampment of the British and Austrian armies at Kelsterbach on 10 June 1743. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with south to top. The tentative attribution to Hancko is based on the style of lettering.

A sketch map showing the positions of the British and Austrian camps, in order of battle, south-west of Kelsterbach (the draughtsman has ‘Keltersbach’). The position of a camp of five British battalions the day before, 9 June, is indicated (according to the detail on RCIN 728088). The main roads to Hochst, Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Mainz are shown.

This sketch is virtually the same as RCIN 728088 but shows only three bridges across the small river, with an additional pontoon bridge across the Main, and the equipment is listed with four more cannon. Place-name spellings also differ. Another copy, in a different hand, with the same detail as RCIN 728088 (save for place-name spellings) is at RCIN 728090.

  • ? François Hancko (active 1741-8) (draughtsman)


  • Watermark: Horn in shield, crown above, L V GERREVINK below

    Mark, stamped: 317

    Condition: four fold lines; formerly folded to 7.2 x 14.8 cm; small hole on centre where folds have worn

  • Scale: not stated. 1:33,000 approx.

    18.3 x 28.9 cm (neatline)

    19.0 x 28.9 cm (image)

    20.3 x 29.9 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Ordre de Bataille sur la hauteur pres de Keltersbach Le 10me.. Juin 1743 [top, outside neatline]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, a summary of the Allied forces: 43 Squadrons, 44 battalions, 30 cannon.]


    George III heading: Kelsterbach 10 June 1743.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom right, red pencil:] 7/60; [black pencil, indistinct:] IX/[?]-b.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Kelsterbach Plan dessiné de la Disposition de l'Armée Britannique et Autrichiene sur la hauteur pres de Kelsterbach, le 10 Juin 1743.

  • Subject(s)

    Kelsterbach, Hesse, Germany (50°04'00"N 08°32'00"E)

Page revisions

  • 23 May 2024