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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

George Louis le Rouge (1707-93/4)

Siege of Cuneo, 1744

PLAN / Representant la Victoire remportée par les / Trouppes du ROY et de DON PHILIPPE / Sur L'Armée / DU ROY DE SARDAIGNE /Pendant le Bombardement /ou Siege DE CONI en Piedmont published 1744

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand-coloured | Scale: 1:19,500 approx. | RCIN 729045

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A map of the siege of Cuneo (Coni), 12-30 September 1744, fought between the King of Sardinia's forces, augmented by Austrian Croats, under the command of Charles Emmanuel III, King of Sardinia (1701-73), and the combined army of the French and Spanish under Prince Conti, culminating in the Battle of Cuneo or Madonna dell'Olmo. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with south-west to top (cardinal points show west to top).

This map shows the fortress of Cuneo (Coni), the key point for the defence of Piedmont, sited on a bluff of land wedged between the Stura and Gesso Rivers and overlooking their confluence. The camps of the different armies, siege works (coloured in yellow), and lines of fire are all shown. The battle, fought on 30 September, was won by the French and Spanish, but Sardinian tactics, combined with appalling weather conditions, ensured that the siege was a failure and the fortress survived. (Browning 1995, pp.187-9.)

  • George Louis le Rouge (1707-93/4) (cartographer and publisher) [top right, below title, in title panel:] A PARIS / Par et Chez le S.r le Rouge Ing.r Geographe du / Roy rue des grands Augustins, / 1744.

  • Watermark: A chaplet with letters within

    Condition: one fold line; diagonal crease, top left; pronounced surface dirt to right edge. Verso: surface dirt, particularly to left edge; brown stains

  • Scale: 1:19,500 approx. Scale bar: Echelle de 800 Toises [80 mm =].

    30.9 x 46.6 cm (image)

    32.7 x 48.3 cm (platemark)

    30.6 x 46.4 cm (neatline)

    34.3 x 52.9 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN / Representant la Victoire remportée par les / Trouppes du ROY et de DON PHILIPPE / Sur L'Armée / DU ROY DE SARDAIGNE / Pendant le Bombardement / ou Siege DE CONI en Piedmont. [top right, in rectangular panel]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Battle of Coni 30 Sept.r 1744.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 16; [top left, black pencil:] [?]/7. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, in Schultz's or Mason's hand:] 51; [bottom right, black pencil:] 1744; [left of centre, red pencil:] 51.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Coni Plan representant la Victoire remportée par les trouppes du Roy et de Don Philippe sur l'Armée du Roy de Sardaigne, le 30 Septembre 1744, pendant le Siege de Coni: par le Rouge 1744.

  • 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)

    Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy (44°23'50"N 07°32'40"E)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    R. Browning, The War of the Austrian Succession, Stroud, 1995

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