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Siege of Bonn, 1703

Plan de la Attaque / de la ville et Fort / de BONNE / ou à ouver Les Tranchees / aussi bien devant / la ville que devant / Le Fort le 3me de Maÿ / et Le 14me du dit moy / les assiges ont Battu / la chamade lan 1703 1703 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:8,000 approx. | RCIN 725021

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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 south to top.

This map shows the attacks made by Major-General Dedun on the south hornwork, 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.

This map has been removed from a volume, made about 1719 or later, of manuscript maps and plans of sieges. Other maps, perhaps in a different hand but, apparently from the same volume, are scattered throughout the collection: RCINs [724061], [724090], 725007, 725009, 725011, 725013, 725023, 725027, 725030, 725032, 725041, [725044], 725045, 725047, [725055], 725074, 725087, 725098, 726007, 726014, 726022, 726041, 726045, 726053, 726065, 726073, 726080, 726086, 726090, 727004, 727007, 727011, 727013, 727014.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 70

    Condition: no fold lines; gilt edges top, right and bottom. Verso: induced discolouration; remains of guard

  • Scale: 1:8,000 approx. Scale bar: Echelle de 180 verge Ryne [81 mm = 180] Ruthen.

    50.3 x 35.3 cm (image and neatline)

    52.8 x 36.7 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan de la Attaque / de la ville et Fort / de BONNE / ou à ouver Les Tranchees / aussi bien devant / la ville que devant / Le Fort le 3me de Maÿ / et Le 14me du dit moy / les assiges ont Battu / la chamade lan 1703. [top right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, in rectangular panel, a key, A-E, to the town, fort and various trenches and approaches of the three main attacks.].

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Bonn May 1703.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, ink, on top of illegible black pencil mark:] 100. (Verso) [bottom left, red pencil:] 4/25; [bottom left, black pencil, partly illegible:] V/[?].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Bonn Plan dessiné de l'Attaque de la Ville et Fort de Bonn, depuis le 3 jusqu'au 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)