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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

George Morrison (1703/4?–99)

Siege of Bergen op Zoom, 1747

PLAN of The ATTACKS of BERGEN Op ZOOM In the Year 1747 c.1747

Pencil, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on two pieces of linen, sewn together | Scale: 1:2,850 approx. | RCIN 730148

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

The town of Bergen op Zoom, fortified by Menno van Coehoorn and garrisoned under the command of General Cronström, was besieged by the French army under the command of Count Löwendahl, from 14 July to 18 September, when the fortified town was taken by the French.

This plan shows only the southern walls of the fortification, from the Prince of Orange bastion in the west to the Noyielle bastion in the east. The French parallels and saps are shown in their final state.

  • George Morrison (1703/4?–99) (draughtsman) [bottom, right of centre:] Geo. Morrison.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Mark, stamped: 641

    Condition: one fold line; trimmed to edge of image. Verso: induced discolouration

  • Scale: 1:2,850 approx. Scale bar: [66 mm =] 50 Rindland Rods.

    52.2 x 75.2 cm (neatline)

    54.9 x 75.2 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN of The ATTACKS of BERGEN Op ZOOM In the Year 1747. [top, across top of plan ]


    George III heading: [on white paper strip on verso:] Bergen op Zoom 1747.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top, left of centre, red pencil:] 11/62 [the ‘62’ is crossed out in black pencil]; [top, left of centre, black pencil:] XIII/61; [bottom, right of centre, underneath old heading, black pencil:] the old heading; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil:] [?61].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Bergen op Zoom A drawn Plan of the Attacks of Bergen op Zoom in 1747, by G. Morrison Eng.r

  • 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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