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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

Charles Bisset (d. 1791)

Siege of Bergen op Zoom, 1747

A Plan of the works in the Front of the Attack of Bergen op zoom / and of the Batterys and lodgements of the Ennemy / on the covered way and its Parapet. 10th Sept.r 1747 c.1747

Pencil, pen and ink on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:2,050 approx. | RCIN 730151.t

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

The plan shows the damage inflicted by the French attack on the Utrecht and Zeeland lunettes and covers the bastions from the King William bastion in the south-east to the Belvedere bastion to the south-west. The lines of fire from the French batteries are shown. There is no key to the numbers and letters on the plan.

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).

  • Charles Bisset (d. 1791) (draughtsman) [bottom right, right of title:] by Cha.s Bisset.

  • Watermark: Crowned monogram GR

    Mark, stamped: 662

    Condition: four fold lines; induced discolouration on verso

  • Scale: not stated. 1:2,050 approx.

    19.5 x 35.0 cm (image)

    23.5 x 37.2 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A Plan of the works in the Front of the Attack of Bergen op zoom / and of the Batterys and lodgements of the Ennemy / on the covered way and its Parapet. 10th Sept.r 1747. [bottom centre]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Bergen op Zoom 1747.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil, an encircled number, cropped and illegible.] (Verso) [top left, black pencil, trimmed:] VII/43 [and] XIII/60[?s]; [bottom right, an underlined black pencil scrawl, illegible.]

    George III catalogue entry:

    Bergen op Zoom A drawn Plan of the Works in the front of the attack of Bergen op Zoom and of the Batteries and lodgements of the Enemy on the covered way and its parapet, 10.th Sept. r 1747: by Charles Bisset.

  • 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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