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

Jean Henri Weber (active 1710-11)

Siege of Douai, 1710

PLAN de la Ville de Douay et / du fort de l'Escarpe ayant été inves = / tie Assiegée par les Hauts Alliés l'an / 1710 investie le 23me Apprill et attaquée / par deux côtées sous Commandement de / leurs Altesse Ser Meseig... 1710 or later

Pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: 1:11,900 approx. | RCIN 726046

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A map of the siege of Douai, 23 April to 26 June 1710, by the Allied army (Great Britain, Dutch Republic, Austria), commanded by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), resulting in the surrender of the town by the French. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with south-east to top (cardinal points).

A medium-scale map showing in detail the fortifications and approaches of the siege works, the extent of the flooding and marshy ground; the destinations of the roads are given.

  • Jean Henri Weber (active 1710-11) (surveyor and draughtsman) [bottom right, below text:] levè et designé par J.H. Weber.

  • Watermark: Crown above fleur-de-lys in shield, a ‘4’ suspending the letters WR below; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 134

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: bottom, right of centre, water-stained patch from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:11,900 approx. Scale bar: Toises [98 mm = 600].

    44.0 x 63.8 cm (neatline)

    44.6 x 64.3 cm (image)

    47.1 x 66.7 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN de la Ville de Douay et / du fort de l'Escarpe ayant été inves = / tie Assiegée par les Hauts Alliés l'an / 1710 investie le 23me Apprill et attaquée / par deux côtées sous Commandement de / leurs Altesse Ser Meseig: les Prince d' / Orange et d'Anhalt Dessau les Tren- / chée furent ouvertes la nuit entre le 4 / 5me d'Avrill la Ville fut prise par accord - / le 25me Juin ver le soir. 1710. [bottom right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top left, in rectangular panel, a key, A-I, K-M, to the locations of the attacks of the Princes of Orange and Anhalt Dessau, the place where the cavalry were positioned, the Fort d'Escarpe, General Fagel's attack on the fort of the night of 20-21 June, a redoubt which was made before the siege, French redoubts made during the siege, and the fieldwork which was vacated by the French on the first day of the siege.]


    George III heading: Douay 23 April - 25 June 1710.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 89; [the date ‘1710’ in the title panel has been added in diferent ink, probably in a different hand]. (Verso) [top centre, ink, obscured by linen backing:] 31.; [top right, black pencil:] 89; [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 79; [right centre, red pencil:] 79.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Douay Plan dessiné de la Ville de Douay et du Fort de l'Escarpe, assiegée par les Hauts Alliés et prise le 25 Juin 1710: par I.H. Weber Ing.r

  • 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)

    Douai, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France (50°22'00"N 03°04'00"E)