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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland


Savona, 1746

Plan / de la Ville de / Savonne, / et / de sa Cittadelle 1746 or later

Pencil, pen, and ink on paper | Scale: not stated | RCIN 730081

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A plan of the citadel of Savona, taken by the Imperial army, 18 December 1746. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with south-west to top.

The town of Savona had already been taken by the Austrians on 9 September; the citadel was taken after a siege of eighteen days in December. The positions of the batteries and their lines of fire during this siege are indicated. A dotted symbol is used to distinguish sandy areas. Another symbol represents the obstacles or barriers which were placed in some of the streets to prevent the enemy [i.e. the besieging army] from seeing what was going on in the town.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Horn in crowned shield, the monogram VDL below

    Mark, stamped: 573

    Condition: six fold lines, one repaired with paper on verso; the acid from the inked lines has eaten through the paper in places

  • Scale: not stated

    36.3 x 22.0 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan / de la Ville de / Savonne, / et / de sa Cittadelle. [left, inside outline of town]

    Additional text:

    [top right, in rectangular panel, a key, A-I, L-R, to the bridges, batteries and mines:] Renvoy.


    George III heading: Savona 1-18 Dec.r 1746.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [centre, contemporary ink, in hand of author:] Plan de la Ville de Savola / Citadelle de Savonne.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Savona Plan dessiné de la Ville de Savonne et de sa Citadelle attaqué le 1 et prise le 18 Decembre 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)

    Savona (Liguria, Italy) 44°18'32"N 08°28'37"E

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