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

Eugène Henri Fricx (January 1644-18 December 1730)

Ghent, 1708

PLAN / DE / LA VILLE et CITADELLE / DE GAND / Qui fut assigée par les Hauts / Alliez le 18. Decembre 1708. où l’on / ouvrit la tranchee aux trois Atta= / ques le 24. et qui capitula la nuit du / 30. au 31. du même mois 1708 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | Scale: 1:9,000 approx. | RCIN 726017

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A map of Ghent showing the siege undertaken by the Allied army, commanded by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722) from 18 December, resulting in the French capitulation on the 31st. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with west to top (cardinal points).

This map shows the extent of the water defences which surrounded Ghent. In January 1709 they were frozen over, thus reducing their effectiveness and compelling the French to surrender the town.

  • Eugène Henri Fricx (January 1644-18 December 1730) (publisher) [bottom of title:] A Bruxelles chez E.H. Fricx [and top right at bottom of key:] A Bruxelles chez E.H. Fricx.

    Brüchmann (active 1708-9) (surveyor) [bottom right of title:] Bruckman.

    Jacques Harrewyn (1660-1727) (engraver) [bottom right, inside neat line:] Harrewyn fecit.

    Fricx: Rue de la Magdaleine, Brussels (Eugène Henri Fricx (January 1644-18 December 1730)) (publisher) [[bottom of title:] A Bruxelles chez E.H. Fricx [and top right at bottom of key:] A Bruxelles chez E.H. Fricx.]

  • Watermark: None visible

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

  • Scale: 1:9,000 approx. Scale bar: no units given [77 mm = 2000].

    47.3 x 59.8 cm (image)

    47.5 x 60.3 cm (platemark)

    51.6 x 64.0 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN / DE / LA VILLE et CITADELLE / DE GAND / Qui fut assigée par les Hauts / Alliez le 18. Decembre 1708. où l’on / ouvrit la tranchee aux trois Atta= / ques le 24. et qui capitula la nuit du / 30. au 31. du même mois. [top left, in cartouche, left of an escutcheon bearing the Lion of Brabant]

    Additional text:

    [top right, in cartouche representing draped cloth, suspended, top left, by a putto, a key to the various attacks and their dates, A-I, K-M:] Renvoy. [Bottom, below map, a numbered key, 1-82, to the buildings, mainly ecclesiastical, shown in the town.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Ghent Dec.r 1708.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, an ink and pencil inscription, cropped and partly legible; in Schultz's hand:] Netherlands; [top right, black pencil:] 70.; [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 58; [right centre, red pencil:] 58; [top, right of centre, black pencil, erased:] Ghent.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Ghent Plan de la Ville et Citadelle de Gand assiegée par les Alliés le 18 et prise le 31 Dec.re 1708: par le Capitaine Bruckman Ing.r chez Friex.

  • 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)

    Ghent, Flanders, Belgium (51°03'00"N 03°43'00"E)