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A Hopkey (active 1706)

Siege of Ath, 1706

PLAN DES ENVIRONS D’ATH / ASSIGÉ PAR LES TROUPPES DES ALLiES / ET PRIS LE 2 Octobre 1706 1706 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on two pieces of coarse linen, stitched together | Scale: 1:23,000 approx. | RCIN 725084

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A map of the siege of Ath by the Allied army, commanded by Henry, Count of Nassau, Lord of Overkirk [Hendrik van Nassau, Heer van Ouderkerk (1640-1708)], from 20 September to the surrender of the French garrison on 2 October 1706. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with west-north-west to top.

The perimeter of the map is marked by numerous estates (‘censes’), and the line of circumvallation passes through or near the following settlements Maffle (50°37'04"N 03°48'11"E), Arbre (50°36'37"N 03°48'54"E), Tongre S.t Martin (Tongre-Saint-Martin 50°35'11"N 03°47'25"E), Vilé St Aimant (Villers-Saint-Amand 50°37'21"N 03°43'53"E), Boveny (Bouvignies 50°38'46"N 03°45'56"E), Herbaix (Rebaix 50°39'35"N 03°46'59"E), Isier (Isières 50°39'47"N 03°49'09"E).

The detail of this map is closely similar to that of RCIN 725085 and may be a copy of it, or vice versa.

  • A. Hopkey (active 1706) (draughtsman) [bottom right, inside neatline:] A. Hopkey.

  • Watermark: Indistinct: Strasburg bend and lily; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 110

    Condition: no fold lines; an old tear has been repaired by laying the map down on linen; brown stains. Verso: foxing; top left, water-stained patch from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:23,000 approx. Scale bar: Echelle de 300 [i.e. 3000] Pas [107 mm =].

    34.8 x 45.6 cm (neatline)

    35.4 x 46.7 cm (image)

    38.0 x 50.0 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN DES ENVIRONS D’ATH / ASSIGÉ PAR LES TROUPPES DES ALLiES / ET PRIS LE 2 Octobre 1706. [top left, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top left, below title: a key, A-G to the camp, line of circumvallation, trenches, town of Ath and its gates.] [Bottom right, in rectangular panel, a key, 1-57 to the names of the regiments:] Les Trouppes Pour L’Attaque / 38 Bataillons & 26 Esquadrons.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Ath 20 Sept.r - 2 Oct. 1706.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 39; [top, left of centre, ink, obscured by linen:] 8.; [centre, red pencil:] 39.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Ath Plan des Environs d'Ath, assiegée par les Alliés le 20 de Sept.re et prise le 2 d'Oct.re 1706: chez Friex, 1707.

  • 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)

    Ath, Walloon Region, Belgium (50°37'45"N 03°46'40"E)