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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland


Siege of Bergen op Zoom, 1747 c.1747

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on two thin pieces of paper, joined | Scale: not stated. 1:2,100 approx. | RCIN 730151.q

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A plan of the fortifications of Bergen op Zoom, 1747. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with south-east to top.

A smaller-scale plan showing the bastions, ravelins and lunettes from the Wouw Ravelin in the south-east as far as the Belvedere Bastion and Schlick battery in the south-west. Includes the outer French trenches and batteries.

The town of Bergen op Zoom, fortified by Baron Menno van Coehoorn (1641-1704; Dutch military engineer) and garrisoned under the command of General Isaac Cronström (1661-1752; a Swedish officer serving as General in Chief of the Dutch army), was besieged by the French army under the command of General Count Ulrich Löwendahl (1700-55; a German-born Danish officer serving in the French army), from 14 July to 18 September, when the fortified town was taken by the French.

One of a collection of 24 plans and sketches of the fortifications of Bergen op Zoom, showing various stages of the siege of 1747, by James Abercrombie, Charles Bisset, Dugal Campbell, and J.P. Isenbart and other anonymous draughtsmen. See RCINs 730151.a-x (j and v not included).

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Horn in crowned shield, a bell with three small circles and C & I HONIG below

    Mark, stamped: 659

    Condition: five fold lines; creased

  • Scale: not stated. 1:2,100 approx.

    44.2 x 59.0 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    No title


    George III heading: Bergen op Zoom 1747.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, black pencil, partly encircled, [in Schultz’s or Mason’s hand]:] 16; [bottom, right of centre, beneath old heading numbers, black pencil:] VII/43 [and] XIII/60-[u].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Bergen op Zoom Drawn Sketch of the attacks of Bergen op Zoom.

  • 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)

    Bergen op Zoom, North Brabant, Netherlands (51°29'42"N 04°17'30"E)

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