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Siege of Lille, 1708

Plan De La Cittadelle de LILLE 1708 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; gilt edges top, right and bottom | Scale: 1:4,500 approx. | RCIN 726014

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A plan of the siege of the citadel of Lille by the Allied army commanded by Prince Eugène of Savoy (1663-1736), from 29 October to its surrender on 8 December 1708. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with south to top.

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, 725027, 725030, 725032, 725041, [725044], 725045, 725047, [725055], 725074, 725087, 725098, 726007, 726022, 726041, 726045, 726053, 726065, 726073, 726080, 726086, 726090, 727004, 727007, 727011, 727013, 727014.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield suspending a ‘4’ above the letters WR

    Mark, stamped: 122

    Condition: no fold lines. Verso: induced discolouration; remains of guard along right edge

  • Scale: 1:4,500 approx. Scale bar: Maastab von 200 Toises [87 mm =].

    35.2 x 33.4 cm (neatline)

    49.8 x 33.4 cm (image)

    52.9 x 36.6 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan De La Cittadelle de LILLE. [in rectangular panel across top of map]

    Additional text:

    [top left, following on from title, in title panel:] La Quelle Après Que La Ville, fut prise Le 22 octobre on a aussi / commencé d’attaquer sous Le Commandement de S.A. Le prince Eugene / de Savoye des le 29 et ainsi Continue Comme il se voit par le renvoys iusques / au 8 December 1708. Lorsque l’Ennemi battit La chamade a 8 Heures / du matin et en sortit trois jours apres. [Top left, below title, a key to the plan, A-I, K-O.]


    George III heading: Citadel of Lille 29 Oct.r - 8 Dec.r 1708.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, ink:] 93; [bottom left, black pencil, erased and partly legible:] VI/[?]. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lille Plan dessiné de la Citadelle de Lille attaquée le 29 et prise le 8 1708.

  • 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)

    Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France (50°37'58"N 03°03'30"E)