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Siege of Huy, 1703

Plan de / HUY 1703 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated | RCIN 725027

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A map of the successful siege of Huy, 16-26 August 1703, by the Dutch army under the command of Captain-General, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722). War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with east-north-east to top.

The map shows the attacks of the Dutch army on the strong position of the citadel of Huy, and on the Forts of St Joseph, Rouche, and Picard. These forts surrendered, and the citadel, surrendered on 25 August and the terms of the surrender were settled on the 26th.

This plan 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, 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: 72

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

  • Scale: not stated

    49.2 x 34.9 cm (image and neatline)

    52.7 x 37.1 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title

    Plan de / HUY. [top right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top right, below title, in title panel, a key, A-H, to the citadel and forts of Huy and the trenches, batteries and cannon positions for making breaches in the citadel walls.]


    George III heading: Huy taken 25 August 1703.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, red pencil:] 1703; [top right, ink:] 63. (Verso) [bottom left, red pencil:] 4/38.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Huy Plan dessiné de la Ville et Fortifications de Huy prise par les Etats Generaux le 25 d'out 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)

    Huy, Walloon Region, Belgium (50°31'08"N 05°13'58"E)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    J. Falkner, Marlborough's Wars Eyewitness Accounts 1702-1713, Barnsley 2005, pp. 33-4