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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

Pierre du Mortous (active 1750s)

Netherlands, 1744-48 c.1759

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; hand-coloured. Stitched together with the original thread; the left edges uncut, the rest trimmed [i.e. the maps have been trimmed down from the size they were in Cumberland's collection]. | 24.5 x 40.0 cm (sheet) | RCIN 729001

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A general small-scale map of Flanders, and 24 maps of sieges between 1744 and 1748. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Various orientations. See RCINs 729001.a-y.

The map of the area is accompanied by maps of the following sieges: Menin (1744), Ypres (1744), La Knoque (1744), Furnes (1744), Tournai (1745), Oudenarde (1745), Dendermonde (1745), Ostende (1745), Nieuport (1745), Aht [Ath] (1745), Bruxelles (1746), Anvers (1746), Mons (1746), S. Guilain (1746), Charleroy (1746), Namur (1746), L'Ecluse (1747), Sas de Gand (1747), Philipine (1747), Hulst (1747), Axel (1747), Berg-op-Zoom (1747), Lillo (1747), Maestricht (1748). Each map is described separately.

Although the publisher made use of three engravers, a common design theme runs throughout the set of maps. The combination of two or more plans of different scales on one sheet is achieved by the trompe l'oeil effect of placing one map on top of the other and rolling back a corner in order to reveal the map below. Compass directions and scale bars are indicated by various devices in the design of the cartouches.

  • Pierre du Mortous (active 1750s) (publisher)

    Weis (active 1759) (engraver)

    Jean Lattré (active 1743-93) (engraver)

    Jean-Geoffrey Striedbeck (1707-72) (engraver)

    P de Lormel (active 1759-93) (publisher)

  • Condition: unfolded, flat; brown stains and surface dirt to first map; foxing and brown stains to most of the other maps

  • 24.5 x 40.0 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    No title

    George III catalogue entry:

    Netherlands Theatre de la derniere Guerre de Flandres, contenant une Carte generale et 24 Plans des Villes assiegées pendant les années 1744, 5, 6, 7 et 8. oblong

  • 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)


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