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Sieges, marches, encampments and battles in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands

? George Augustus Schultz (active 1734-49)

Encampment at Meldert, 1705

A PLAN / of the INCAMPMENTS / of the ARMY / Commanded by his Grace the / Duke of Marlborough, / at MELDERT, 8:th August 1705. / with / Part of the Country about it 1742 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; some pricking through | Scale: 1:30,000 approx. | RCIN 725052

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A map of the encampments of the Allied army, commanded by Captain-General John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722) at Meldert on 8 August 1705. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with north to top.

The attribution to Schultz is made on stylistic grounds. This map would probably 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). Information about past camps and marches would have been directly relevant to logistical planning during the later war.

The encampment passed through or near to the following places, all in the present-day Walloon Region of Belgium: Archennes (50°45'09"N 04°40'10"E), Godechiens (Gottechain 50°45'25"N 04°42'51"E), Grez (Grez-Doiceau 50°44'20"N 04°41'53"E), Nodebain (Nodebais 50°46'22"N 04°44'12"E), Tourin (Tourinnes-la-Grosse 50°46'58"N 04°44'39"E), Bovechien (Beauvechain 50°46'55"N 04°46'18"E), Geest St Remy (Saint-Remy-Geest 50°44'48"N 04°51'30"E).

  • ? George Augustus Schultz (active 1734-49) (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 91

    Condition: one fold line; three pin holes along each of left and right edges, as if the paper has been pinned to a board. Verso: induced discolouration; top left, water-stained patch, shadow and some ghosting from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:30,000 approx. Scale bar: A Scale of 3000. common Paces [76 mm =].

    25.0 x 38.9 cm (neatline)

    33.0 x 39.5 cm (image)

    36.0 x 41.8 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A PLAN / of the INCAMPMENTS / of the ARMY / Commanded by his Grace the / Duke of Marlborough, / at MELDERT, 8:th August 1705. / with / Part of the Country about it. [bottom left, in rectangular panel]


    George III heading: Encampment at Meldert 8 August 1705.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 21; [bottom left, black pencil:] Meldert August 8 1705; [top left, ink, in Schultz's hand?:] Netherlands; [centre, red pencil:] 21.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampment A drawn Plan of the Encampments of the Army commanded by the Duke of Marlborough at Meldert, August 1705: with part of the Country about it. [The same entry appears under the heading Meldert.]

  • 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)

    Meldert, Flanders, Belgium (50°47'17"N 04°50'15"E)