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GB Gianotti (active 1734)

Battle of Guastalla, 1734

Plan du Champ de Battaille Sou-s gvastalle / entre les Armées alliées, et Imperiale, du 19 7bre 1734 1734 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on two sheets of paper, joined; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: 1:11,700 approx. | RCIN 727064

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A map of Guastalla, showing the camps of the French and Imperial armies at the Battle of Guastalla, fought on 19 September 1734 between the combined armies of France and Sardinia, commanded by the Duke of Savoy Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia (1701-73) and François-Marie de Broglie, 1st duc de Broglie (1671-1745), and the Austrian Habsburg army commanded by Field Marshal Lothar Joseph Dominik Graf von Königsegg-Rothenfels (1673-1751) and Frederick Louis of Württemberg-Winnental (1690-1734), resulting in a French-Sardinian victory. War of the Polish Succession (1733-8). Oriented with north-north-west to top (cardinal points).

This large-scale map shows what appears to be a comprehensive local road network and the fortified lines to the south-west and north-east of Guastalla, as well as the double boat bridges across the Po. An old, dead, branch of the River Po has been named the Folcarino.

  • GB Gianotti (active 1734) (draughtsman) [top left, in title scroll, ink:] G: B: Ginotti. delin

  • Watermark: Maltese cross inside rosary, countermark: the letters T D separated by a dome-shaped structure in a cartouche

    Mark, stamped: 250

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: surface dirt; brown spotting and foxing; top left half: fragments of paper, perhaps from a former label

  • Scale: 1:11,700 approx. Scale bar: [100 mm =] 600 Toises.

    52.6 x 76.0 cm (image)

    52.0 x 75.3 cm (neatline)

    53.0 x 78.2 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    Plan du Champ de Battaille Sou-s gvastalle / entre les Armées alliées, et Imperiale, du 19 7bre 1734. [top left, in cartouche representing a banner]

    Additional text:

    Explication [left, down left side of map, a key, 1-29, to the trenches, islands, boat bridges, roads, an old section of the Po, the first and second lines of the French and Sardinian armies, etc; followed by non-sequential numbers relating to the ‘Position de L’Armée Alliée’ and another section of non-sequential numbers realting to the ‘Position de L’Armée Imp.le’ which contains a description of the battle]


    George III heading: Battle of Guastalla 19 Sept.r 1734 [verso, on white paper strip;]

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Guastalla Plan dessiné du Champ de Bataille sous Guastalle entre les Armées Alliées et Imperiales du 19 Septembre 1734: par G.B. Gianotti. 2 feuilles.

  • 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)

    Guastalla, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (44°54ʹ47ʺN 10°39ʹ39ʺE)