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? Nevil Tatton (active 1744-75)

Brabant, 1705

A Plan / Of Part of the French / Lines on the Fronteers of / Brabant which were forc’d / by his Grace the Duke of / Marlborough / the 7th day of July 1705. ^ O:S: / With the Incampments of ye / Armies of the Allies and / those of ... 1744 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: 37,000 approx. | RCIN 725048

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A map of the French lines near Tienen, with the encampments of the Allies and those of France and Spain, between Tienen and Fallais near Liège in July 1705. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with west to top.

The tentative attribution to Nevil Tatton is made on stylistic grounds and would have been copied by him from an earlier map, while he was on duty in Flanders with the Duke of Cumberland's army in the 1740s during the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48).

The map covers a corridor of land stretching from Tirlemont (Tienen, Flanders 50°48'26"N 04°56'10"E) in the north-west (top right of the map) to Falais (Fallais, Walloon Region 50°36'36"N 05°10'16"E) in the south-east, passing through Hannuye (Hannut, Walloon Region 50°40'17"N 05°04'44"E).

  • ? Nevil Tatton (active 1744-75) (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Strasburg bend and lily; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 87

    Condition: one fold line; creased and surface dirt; some foxing; a ragged tear, bottom left, repaired with paper strip on verso before being laid down

  • Scale: 37,000 approx. Scale bar: 4000 Common paces [82 mm =].

    39.3 x 57.8 cm (neatline)

    39.7 x 58.3 cm (image)

    40.5 x 59.4 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A Plan / Of Part of the French / Lines on the Fronteers of / Brabant which were forc’d / by his Grace the Duke of / Marlborough / the 7th day of July 1705. ^ O:S: / With the Incampments of ye / Armies of the Allies and / those of the Two Crowns. [top left, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, in rectangular panels surmounted by an ornamental device, a key, 1-16, to the various encampments and routes of the Allied armies, bridges, the place where General Schultz passed, etc.:] Explanation.


    George III heading: Lines in Brabant forced by the Allies 18 July 1705.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] II/19; [top, left of centre, ink, crossed out in black pencil and obscured by linen:] 4; [top right, black pencil:] 19; [top right, ink, crossed out in red pencil, and obscured by white paper strip:] Netherlands; [centre, red pencil:] 19.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Brabant A drawn Plan of part of the French Lines on the Frontiers of Brabant, forced by the Duke of Marlborough the of July O.S. 1705 [i.e. 18th July]; with the Encampments of the Armies of the Allies and those of the two Crowns.  [The same entry appears under the heading Lines.]

  • 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)

    North Brabant, Netherlands

    Flemish Brabant Province, Flanders, Belgium

    Walloon Brabant Province, Walloon Region, Belgium