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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

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Siege of Bergen op Zoom, 1747

Tranchées des Ennemis comm 'elles etoient le 13 Aoust 1747 c.1747

Pencil, pen and ink on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:1,950 approx. | RCIN 730151.d

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

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.

The plan extends from the Waffenaar Ravelin in the south-east to the Antwerp Ravelin further south-west.

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: RH

    Mark, stamped: 647

    Condition: four fold lines; trimmed

  • Scale: not stated. 1:1,950 approx.

    22.9 x 38.3 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Tranchées des Ennemis comm 'elles etoient le 13 Aoust 1747. [bottom left]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Bergen op Zoom 1747.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil, underneath old heading, erased and illegible]. (Verso) [top left, black pencil, in Schultz's or Mason's hand:] VII/43; [bottom right, black pencil:] XIII/6-z.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Bergen op Zoom Plan dessiné des Tranchées des Ennemis a Bergen op Zoom comme elles etoient le 13 Aoust 1747.

  • 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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