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War of the Austrian Succession (1740-8)

Includes much of the mapping collected by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, as Captain General of the British army


Sketch of Bree, 1747 (Bree, Flanders, Belgium) 51°08'29"N 05°35'48"E


Pencil on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:13,800 approx. | RCIN 730181

A sketch of the British encampment at Bree, 17 October 1747. War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with west to top.

The tentative attribution to Schultz is made on stylistic grounds. The positions of the two lines of encamped troops are indicated by half rectangles south of Repel (Reppel 51°09'14"N 05°33'44"E). It is possible that the letters ‘f’ and ‘p’ which are written in several places are annotations on land use: ‘f’ may stand for ‘Feldt’ or field, ‘fahl’ or fallow, ‘flach’, plain or level, or ‘Futterpflanzen’, forage crops, while ‘p’ may represent ‘pflügbar’ or arable. In French, ‘p’ may represent prairie, or meadow, while ‘f’ may stand for ‘foin’ or hay. The selection of German as the likely language is based on the letter ‘f’ which appears to be written in Deutsche schrift, which was used by Schultz. A detailed plan of the camp by Daniel Paterson is at RCIN 730180.b; it does not assist in interpreting the meaning of the letters.

Condition: four fold lines; unevenly trimmed.
  • ? George Augustus Schultz (active 1734-49) (surveyor and draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Cropped: horn in crowned shield, N VORSTE[?] below

    Mark, stamped: 711

    Condition: four fold lines; unevenly trimmed

  • Scale: not stated. 1:13,800 approx.

    14.4 x 29.0 cm (image and sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    No title


    George III heading: Encampment at Brey 17 Oct.r 1747.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Brey A drawn Sketch of the Encampment of the British Troops at Brey, Oct.r 1747. [The same entry appears under the heading Encampment.]

  • Subject(s)

    Bree, Flanders, Belgium (51°08'29"N 05°35'48"E)

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  • 25 May 2024