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


Siege of Guelders, 1703 1703 or later

Pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated. 1:31,000 approx. | RCIN 725032

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A map of the siege of Guelders, begun by the Prussians, commanded by Field Marshal Carl Philipp Graf von Wylich und Lottum (1650-1719) in February 1703 and surrendered by the French on 15 December. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with west to top.

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, 725021, 725023, 725027, 725030, 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: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, a ‘4’ suspending the letters WR below; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 77

    Condition: one fold line; four gilt edges. Verso: colour has migrated through to verso; remains of guard

  • Scale: not stated. 1:31,000 approx.

    34.4 x 43.4 cm (neatline)

    35.9 x 44.9 cm (image)

    52.7 x 74.2 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    No title

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, in ractangular panel, a key, A-I, K-L, m, n, to the lines, redoubts, infantry and cavalry posts, communication bridge, and the most suitable ground for bombardment:] Renvoi des Lettres.


    George III heading: Gueldres taken by the Prussians 15 Dec.r 1703.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, ink:] 43. (Verso) [top right, black pencil: illegible: the old heading?]; [top right, ink:] 43; [top right, red pencil:] 1703; [bottom, right of centre, red pencil:] 4/36; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil:] V/34; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil, erased: old heading].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Gueldres Plan dessiné de Gueldres prise par les Prussiens le 15 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)

    Geldern, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (51°31'08"N 06°19'25"E)