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

William Hopkey (active 1710-17)

Ostend, 1706

PLAN · DE · LA · VILLE · D’OSTENDE · / Avec ses environs et le Campement des Troupes des Alliés qui ont fait Lattaque sous le Commandement De son / Excellence Mr D’Averquerc Velt-Marêchal des Armées des Provinces-Unies, La Ville... published 1717

Pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on linen | Scale: 1:8,500 approx. | RCIN 725071

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A map of Ostend and environs, besieged by the Allied army, commanded by Henry, Count of Nassau, Lord of Overkirk [Hendrik van Nassau, Heer van Ouderkerk (1640-1708)], from 7 June to its surrender on 8 July 1706. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with north-north-east to top (compass rose).

This map appears to be a close copy of the map of the siege, made by C. Hoppach, engraved by Harrewyn and published in 1707 by Eugène Henri Fricx (see RCIN 725070).

The map shows the positions of the Allied batteries at Leefkenmores to the north of Ostend (now part of the harbour area), and the siegeworks to the south, the encampment of the Allied army extending southwards from Marie-kerck (Mariakerke 51°12'44"N 02°52'57"E) on the coast, and at Walravesyde (possibly Raversijde 51°12'20"N 02°51'43"E), the saltmarshes are distinctly shown, and the fire from the two Royal Navy bomb ketches offshore is indicated.

  • William Hopkey (active 1710-17) (draughtsman) [bottom left, below scale bar:] William Hopkey Facit 1717.

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, a ‘4’ below; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 99

    Condition: two fold lines; a tear at bottom of centre fold, repaired by linen backing. Verso: induced discolouration; brown stains; bottom, right of centre, water-stained patch and shadow from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:8,500 approx. Scale bar: Echelle de 300 Toises [69 mm =].

    51.8 x 73.4 cm (neatline)

    52.9 x 74.7 cm (image)

    53.0 x 75.1 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN · DE • LA • VILLE • D’OSTENDE • / Avec ses environs et le Campement des Troupes des Alliés qui ont fait Lattaque sous le Commandement De son / Excellence Mr D’Averquerc Velt-Marêchal des Armées des Provinces-Unies, La Ville fut Investé par Un / Detachment sous le Commandement de Mr le L.t Genle Fagel le 17 Juin 1706 ... [top left, in trompe cartouche representing a paper scroll]

    Additional text:

    [top left, below title, a key, 1-57 to the bastions and other parts of the fortifications:] RENVOY [and, A-I, K-O, to the fieldworks:] POUR LES ATTAQUES [bottom left, in cartouche surmounted by crowned coat of arms, probably those of of Henry, Count of Nassau, Lord of Overkirk [Hendrik van Nassau, Heer van Ouwerkerk] (1640-1708), supported on the left by the eagle of the Holy Roman Empire, with the Dutch lion to right and regimental standards:] Noms des Regiments [and] Renvoy Pour la Flote.

    Annotations:

    George III heading [on a white paper strip pasted to the verso:] Ostend 17 June - 8 July 1706.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil:] 43. (Verso) [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 28; [top, right of centre, ink, obscured by linen:] 5 [and] 43.; [right centre, red pencil:] 28; [top right, black pencil:] 43.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Ostend Plan dessiné de la Ville d'Ostende et de ses Environs investie par les Troupes des Alliés le 17 de Juin et prise le 8 de Juillet 1706: par Guillaume Hopkey, 1717.

  • 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)

    Oostende, Flanders, Belgium (51°13'24"N 02°54'42"E)