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

Covens & Mortier : Amsterdam (Johannes Covens (1697-1774) and Cornelis Mortier (1699-1783))

Siege of Bonn, 1703

PLATTEGROND VAN / BONN, / gelijk ‘t door de Duitse en de / Geallieerde Belegerd is / den 5d Maji 1703; en den 16, door d / Franse, Met Accoord overgegeeven. / Nu de Tekening, in’t Leger gemaakt 1721 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | Scale: 1:30,000 approx. | RCIN 725022

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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 north to top (cardinal points).

This map shows the positions of the encamped besieging Allied army, surrounding Bonn on both sides of the river. The location of Coehoorn's attack, north-east of Fort de Bourgogne, on the east side of the river, is indicated. The dates of the siege which are given in the title of this map are different to those of more contemporary maps, which state that the siege lasted from 3-14 May.

  • Covens & Mortier : Amsterdam (Johannes Covens (1697-1774) and Cornelis Mortier (1699-1783)) (cartographer and publisher) [top right, in cartouche:] Uitgegeven door / J. Cóvens et C. Mortier / Op den Dam tot Amsterdam / Met Privilegie [bottom left, in cartouche:] Dessiné dans les Campemens: / Mis en lumiere / Par I. Cóvens et C. Mortier / A Amsterdam Avec Privilege / de N.S. les Etats de Hol: et W. [The firm of Johannes Covens and Cornelis Mortier was founded on 20 November 1721.]

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: no fold lines; trimmed. Verso, bottom left, water-stained patch, shadow and ghosting from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:30,000 approx. Scale bar: Schaal van Thoises of Roeden [53 mm =] 800.

    22.2 x 27.1 cm (neatline)

    22.5 x 27.4 cm (image)

    23.6 x 28.1 cm (platemark)

    25.2 x 29.5 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLATTEGROND VAN / BONN, / gelijk ‘t door de Duitse en de / Geallieerde Belegerd is / den 5d Maji 1703; en den 16, door d / Franse, Met Accoord overgegeeven. / Nu de Tekening, in’t Leger gemaakt. [in Dutch and French; top right, in cartouche depicting draped material]

    Printed title:

    PLAN de / BONN / RENDÜE aux ALLIÉS / le 16 de May 1703; apres / 11 jours de Siege. [bottom left, in cartouche]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Bonn May 1703.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil:] 2. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil crossed out in black pencil:] 2; [centre, red pencil:] 2; [bottom right, black pencil:] 2.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Bonn Plan de la Ville de Bonn rendue aux Alliés le 16 de May 1703 apres 11 jours de Siege: chez Covens et Mortier.

  • 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)