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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland


Milan, 1746

Disegno d’aviso de siti ove presentem:re sono Accampatti, et Aquartieratti li Spagnoli, et Austriaci. 1746 1746 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on thin paper | Scale: not stated. 1:725,000 approx. | RCIN 730057

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A map of the distribution and numbers of the quartered French, Spanish and Austrian troops in Milan and surrounding areas, August 1746. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with north to top.

The Battle of Piacenza had taken place on 16 June 1746 between the French and Spanish army and the Austrians and Sardinians, a couple of months before the troops were quartered in the locations recorded on this map. The area covered extends from Casale Monferrato (45°08'00"N 08°27'25"E) and Arona 45°45'32"N 08°33'25"E) in the west to Parma (44°48'09"N 10°19'44"E) in the east, and from Bergamo (45°41'52"N 09°40'08"E) and Como (45°48'35"N 09°05'14"E) in the north to Alessandria (44°54'44"N 08°37'08"E) and Piacenza (45°02'48"N 09°41'57"E) in the south. Each fortified city is drawn in plan and the numbers and nationalities of troops present are noted.

The former folding of this item to such a small size (11.0 x 6.5cm), and the presence of what appears to be sealing wax, suggests that it was sent in dispatches or with correspondence, at some point.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: [Foolscap?]

    Mark, stamped: 551

    Condition: nine fold lines; formerly folded to 11.0 x 6.5 cm. Verso: fold lines and surface dirt on outer fold panel; brown stains; some wax? adhering to paper, bottom right

  • Scale: not stated. 1:725,000 approx.

    21.5 x 31.6 cm (neatline)

    23.6 x 34.7 cm (image)

    25.4 x 36.1 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Disegno d’aviso de siti ove presentem:re sono Accampatti, et Aquartieratti li Spagnoli, et Austriaci. [right, and to the top of the title, in a possibly different hand:] 1746. [top, across top of map in irregularly-shaped panel]

    Additional text:

    [top right, in rectangular panel: a list of places with the numbers of French and Spanish troops quartered there, and the numbers of Austrians in Olegio and Milan.]


    George III heading: Encampments near Milan in August 1746.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, trimmed, black pencil:?XII]; [bottom right, red pencil:] 10/57; [bottom right, black pencil:] XII[/?].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampments Disegno dello Stato di Milano e de siti ove furono accampati et aquartierati le Spagnoli et Austriaci nel mese d’Agosto 1746. drawn. [The same entry appears under the heading Milan.]

  • 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)

    Milan (Lombardy, Italy) 45°27'51"N 09°11'22"E

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