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


Siege of Bonn, 1703

LE SIEGE DE / BONN / COMMENCE / LE 3 DE MAY / ET FIN LE 14 / DU MESME MOIS / L’AN 1703 1703 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:9,000 approx. | RCIN 725020

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A map of the siege of Bonn, garrisoned by the French under the command of the marquis d'Alègre, besieged from 3 May 1703 by the Allied army, commanded by the Captain-General, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), capitulating on 14 May. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with west to top.

This plan shows the attacks made by Major-General Dedun on the south hornwork, and those of the Hereditary Prince of Hesse on the northern fortified walls of the town, and of Lieutenant-General Hagel on the fortification on the eastern banks of the Rhine.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Strasburg bend and lily; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 69

    Condition: two fold lines; two small tears at bottom of each fold. Verso: induced discolouration; remains of guard


  • Scale: not stated. 1:9,000 approx.

    37.1 x 50.1 cm (neatline)

    37.5 x 50.6 cm (image)

    38.9 x 51.8 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    LE SIEGE DE / BONN / COMMENCE / LE 3 DE MAY / ET FIN LE 14 / DU MESME MOIS / L’AN 1703. [bottom left, in cartouche representing a stone plinth; written in open capitals]


    George III heading: Bonn May 1703.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 1 [or l?]; [bottom left, black pencil [in Schultz or Mason's hand?:] 1 Bonn May 1703; [bottom, left of centre, black pencil, crossed out in black pencil:] 12; [top, left of centre, black pencil:] 52; [top, left of centre, black pencil:] 12.; [bottom right, black pencil:] Bonn 1703 [followed by a price? erased:] /-.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Bonn Plan dessiné du Siege de Bonn, commencé le 3 et fini le 14 de May 1703. 

  • 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)

    Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (50°44'03"N 07°05'43"E)