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

? George Augustus Schultz (active 1734-49)

Louvain, Vlierbeek, Bierbeek, Terbank and Bethlem, 1705

A PLAN / of the INCAMPMENTS of / the ARMIES of the ALLIES at / Vlierbeek, / And of the FRENCH & SPANIARDS / at Löven, / the 19:th of July, 1705. / with / PART of the adjacent COUNTRY 1742 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:30,000 approx. | RCIN 725051

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A map of the Allied encampments at Vlierbeek and Bierbeek and those of the French at Terbank near Louvain, 19 July 1705. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with west 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.

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

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 90

    Condition: one fold line; top right and bottom right corners diagonally cut; three small tears along bottom edge have been repaired with paper strips pasted to verso. Verso: induced discolouration

  • Scale: 1:30,000 approx. Scale bar: A Scale of 4000. common Paces. [102 mm =].

    29.5 x 41.4 cm (neatline)

    34.4 x 41.8 cm (image)

    37.2 x 45.4 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    A PLAN / of the INCAMPMENTS of / the ARMIES of the ALLIES at / Vlierbeek, / And of the FRENCH & SPANIARDS / at Löven, / the 19:th of July, 1705. / with / PART of the adjacent COUNTRY. [bottom right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [across bottom, in rectangular panel, a key, A-H, K, to the positions of the Allied and French armies, Marlborough's and Ouwerkerk's quarters, and the British, Dutch and French artillery. Another key, a-i, k-z, three symbols, 1-127, lists the names of the encamped regiments of the Allied army:] Explanation.


    George III heading: Encampments at Vlierbeek and Betlehem 19 July 1705.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil, erased, partly legible:] V/[?]. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] Duplicate; [bottom left, black pencil, cropped:] II/2[?]; [top left, ink, in Schultz's hand?:] Netherlands; [top left, black pencil, crossed out in black pencil then erased:] B.a [further annotations cropped]; [top left, black pencil, erased and cropped:] V/[?]; [top right, black pencil, erased:] 3 [and, black pencil, erased:] Betlehem.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampment A drawn Plan of the Encampments of the Armies of the Allies at Vlierbeek, and of the French and Spaniards at (Betlehem near) Louvain, the of July 1705: with part of the adjacent country. [The same entry appears under the headings Betlehem and Vlierbeek.]

  • 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)

    (Leuven, Flanders, Belgium (50°52'46"N 04°42'03"E)

    just west of Linden, Flanders, Belgium (50°53'41"N 04°46'13"E)

    Bierbeek, Flanders, Belgium (50°49'43"N 04°45'34"E)

    Terbank, Flanders, Belgium (50°52'24"N 04°40'18"E)

    Bethlem/Bethlehem; now part of Herent, Flanders, Belgium (50°54'31"N 04°40'14"E)