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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland


Netherlands (North Brabant), 1748 1748 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on linen | Scale: not stated. 1:151,000 approx. | RCIN 731041

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A map of the cantonments of Hanoverian troops in the Netherlands, 1748. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with north to top. 

The map coverage extends from Megen (51°49'18"N 05°33'45"E) in the north to Sommeren (Someren 51°23'06"N 05°42'40"E) in the south, a distance of about 45 km (28 miles), and from near Eindhoven (51°26'27"N 05°28'40"E) in the west to the River Meuse in the east, a distance of about 50 km (31 miles). Many minor places are named; those in which the infantry were quartered are underlined in red, those in which the cavalry were quartered are underlined in yellow. A road between Bouckel (Boekel 51°36ʹ12ʺN 05°40ʹ30ʺE) and Wanray (Wanroij 51°39ʹ27ʺN 05°49ʹ05ʺE) is annotated ‘Chemin practicable a tout Saison’. Administrative boundaries are drawn in red, green, yellow and blue.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, the letters L V G below; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 753

    Condition: four fold lines; foxing. Verso: induced discolouration, brown staining; foxing; bottom left, water-stained patch, fragments from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: not stated. 1:151,000 approx.

    42.0 x 32.6 cm (image and neatline)

    44.1 x 34.4 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    No title

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, a table of named Hanoverian regiments with numbers of Battalions and places where cantoned:] Cantonnemt/ Pour I’Infanterie [top right, a table of named regiments with the numbers of squadrons and places where cantoned:] Cantonnement pour la Cavalerie.


    George III heading: Cantonments in the Netherlands 1748.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil, perhaps in the hand of Mason, Cumberland's librarian:] 148. (Verso) [top left, ink, crossed out in red, obscured by white paper strip:] Cantonement. [bottom right, black pencil:] 83. [centre, red pencil:] 85.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Netherlands A drawn Plan of the Cantonments in the Netherlands in 1748. [The same entry appears under the heading Cantonment.]

  • 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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