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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland


Piacenza, 1746 1746 or later

Pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: | RCIN 730037

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A map of Piacenza with the positions of the Spanish and Austrian armies on 1 May 1746. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with north to top.

The Battle of Piacenza took place on 16 June 1746 between the French and Spanish army and the Austrians and Sardinians. This map shows the positions of the armies in May, together with fieldworks, around the city. This is a comparatively large-scale map showing the positions of the encamped armies in relation to the micro-topography: cultivated fields, roads, hedgerows, drains, etc., all of which appear to be shown stylistically rather than resulting from an accurate survey. The area annotated as ‘Po Mort’ probably refers to the area where the Po formerly flowed and which was now, indicated by the symbols of tufted vegetation, possibly reeds or rushes, and watery colouring, a marshy area. The map covers only the immediate vicinity of Piacenza.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: None

    Mark, stamped: 515

    Condition: four fold lines; trimmed; bottom left, small piece cut off diagonally. Verso: surface dirt; worn along fold marks; induced discolouration

  • Scale: Scale bar: [69 mm =] 1000 [unspecified units].

    28.7 x 48.1 cm (neatline)

    29.6 x 49.1 cm (image)

    30.4 x 49.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    No title

    Additional text:

    [left of map, in rectangular panel, a key, A-I, K-L, to the positions of the Spanish and Austrian camps, batteries, chateaux, bridgehead raised by the Spanish, etc.] 


    George III heading: Piacenza May 1746.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, ink:] 1746. (Verso) [top left, black pencil, cropped:] XII/[?]; [bottom right, red pencil:] 10/47 [the ‘47’ is crossed out in black pencil]; [bottom right, black pencil:] XII/37.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Piacenza A drawn Plan of Piacenza with the positions of the Spanish and Austrian Armies in May 1746.

  • 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)

    Piacenza, (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) 45°02'48"N 09°41'57"E

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