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Siege of Douai, 1710

Plan tres exact de / DOUAY et ses environs / Lens, Ecluse et Arleux, avec les Attcqs / de la Ville de Douay, & sa Circonvallation quel / elle fut Assiegé des H. Allies l'an 1710 etant / investi le 23me du mois d'Aurill, &... 1710 or later

Pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: 1:56,000 approx. | RCIN 726043

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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-west to top.

The area covered is confined to the extent of the lines of circumvallation and contravallation around Douai. The map is bounded by Arras (50°17'34"N 02°46'54"E), Lécluse (50°16'36"N 03°02'25"E), Pluvaine (Plouvain 50°18'20"N 02°55'29"E) and Rue (Rœux 50°17'42"N 02°54'02"E) along the top (south-west) of the sheet, and by La laine (Lallaing 50°23'34"N 03°10'10"E) and Annay (Anhiers 50°24'46"N 03°09'18"E) along the bottom (north-east) of the map.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

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

    Mark, stamped: 132

    Condition: four fold lines. Verso: induced discolouration; brown stains and foxing; top left, water-stained patch and shadow from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:56,000 approx. Scale bar: 2000 Pas [29 mm =].

    36.0 x 50.9 cm (neatline)

    36.4 x 51.2 cm (image)

    36.9 x 51.9 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan tres exact de / DOUAY et ses environs / Lens, Ecluse et Arleux, avec les Attcqs / de la Ville de Douay, & sa Circonvallation quel / elle fut Assiegé des H. Allies l'an 1710 etant / investi le 23me du mois d'Aurill, & le trenche / ouverte le du mois du May, et pris le / 25me Iune. / Comme aussi tous les Campements des / deux Armey's pendant la siege, & principlm.t. / celuy des Allies sur la plaine de Lens avec les / Trenchments qils ont fait quan les Francois / vouloier livrer. BATTAILLE. [bottom right, in cartouche embellished with the artefacts of war]


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

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 90. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 80; [bottom right, black pencil:] 90; [centre, red pencil:] 80; [to, left of centre, obscured by linen backing, ink and crossed out in black pencil:] 28.; [top right, black pencil, obscured by linen backing:] 90.; [bottom right, obscured by linen backing, ink:] [?] Douay avril 1710

    George III catalogue entry:

    Douay Plan dessiné de Douay et ses Environs, investie par les Hauts Alliés le 23.e d'Avril et prise le 25.e de Juin 1710; avec les Campemens des deux Armées pendant le Siege.

  • 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)