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Mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

George Louis le Rouge (1707-93/4)

Siege of Tournai, 1745

PLAN / DE TOURNAY / Ville Episcopale située sur l'Escaut published 1745

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand-coloured | Scale: 1:9,400 approx. | RCIN 729079

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A map of the siege of Tournai by the French, under the command of Count Löwendahl, from 30 April to its capitulation on 21 May 1745. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with north-east to top (compass rose).

This is a detailed engraving of the town, fortified by Vauban, naming streets and selected buildings, and showing the outskirts and the attack works, batteries, and lines of fire. There is no key to the Roman numerals on the map. The siege of Tournai was the prelude to the Battle of Fontenoy on 11 May.

  • George Louis le Rouge (1707-93/4) (cartographer and publisher) [top right, below title, in title panel:] A PARIS / Chez le S.r le ROUGE Ing.r Géographe / du Roy rüe des Augustins. / 1745.

  • Watermark: Maltese cross within rosary; countermark: [in a rounded end narrow rectangular cartouche:] I [heart shape with antlers] SAUVADE MOYEN / AUVERGNE 1742

    Condition: one fold line; creased. Verso: bottom, right of centre, water-stained patch, shadow and ghosting from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:9,400 approx. Scale bar: Echelle de 300 Toises [62 mm =].

    47.9 x 56.6 cm (neatline)

    48.4 x 57.0 cm (image)

    49.9 x 58.7 cm (platemark)

    54.0 x 72.2 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN / DE TOURNAY / Ville Episcopale située sur l'Escaut [top right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    RENVOY. [top left, in rectangular panel, a key, a-i, k-t, v-z, to the religious buildings, markets and shops in the town, and, 1-12, to named bastions, mines and canons]


    George III heading: Tournay 1 May -19 June 1745.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom, left of centre, black pencil, in Schultz's or Mason's hand?:] 21; [top right, black pencil, in Schultz's or Mason's hand?:] 45.; [right centre, red pencil:] 21.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Tournay Plan de la Ville et Citadelle de Tournay assiegées par les Francois le 1 et 30 May et prises le 22 May et 19 Juin 1745: chez le Rouge, 1745.

  • 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)

    Tournai, Walloon Region, Belgium (50°36'25"N 03°23'21"E)

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