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

Eugène Henri Fricx (January 1644-18 December 1730)

Siege of Lille, 1708

PLAN / DES ATTAQUES DE LA VILLE DE LILLE COMMENCÉES SOUS LE COMMANDEMENT DE S:A:S: LE PRINCE EUGENE DE SAVOYE / LE 22. AOUST ET FINIES LE 22. OCTOBRE 1708. JOUR DE LA REDDITION 1708 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand-coloured | Scale: 1:4,400 approx. | RCIN 726008

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A plan of the siege of Lille by the Allied army commanded by Prince Eugène of Savoy (1663-1736), from 22 August to the surrender of the town on 29 October 1708. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with south-west to top.

A large-scale plan showing in detail the attacks on the east and north-east fortifications.

  • Eugène Henri Fricx (January 1644-18 December 1730) (publisher) [bottom right of cartouche:] A BRUXELLES, CHEZ EUGENE HENRY FRICX, Imprimeur du Roy, rue de la Magdelaine. 1709

    Brüchmann (active 1708-9) (draughtsman and surveyor) [bottom right of cartouche:] Levé et dessiné par M.r / BRÜCHMAN Capit. De S:A:E: de Bruns. Luneb. et Hannovre.

    Eugene, Duke of Savoy-Carignan (1663-1736) (dedicatee)

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: remains of guard; induced discolouration; water-stained patch, shadow and ghosting from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label; slight surface dirt

  • Scale: 1:4,400 approx. Scale bar: Echelle de 200 Toises ou 300 pas. [88 mm =].

    32.5 x 54.3 cm (neatline)

    44.5 x 54.7 cm (image)

    45.5 x 55.9 cm (platemark)

    47.7 x 58.4 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN / DES ATTAQUES DE LA VILLE DE LILLE COMMENCÉES SOUS LE COMMANDEMENT DE S:A:S: LE PRINCE EUGENE DE SAVOYE / LE 22. AOUST ET FINIES LE 22. OCTOBRE 1708. JOUR DE LA REDDITION. [top left, in cartouche representing a carved stone plinth flanked by fruits and the artefacts of war]

    Dedication:

    [bottom right, in rococo cartouche containing the coat of arms of Prince Eugène of Savoy:] Presenté à S.A.S. Monseigneur / LE PRINCE EUGENE / DE SAVOYE / Par son tres humble, / et tres obeissant servi- / teur Eugene Henry Fricx.

    Additional text:

    [below title, in cartouche, a key, A-I, K-T, V-Z, to the batteries, lines, attacks, etc.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Lille 13 Aug.t - 22 Oct.r 1708.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, ink, crossed out in black pencil:] 26.; [top right, black pencil, in Schultz's hand?:] 64.; [right centre, red pencil:] 52.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lille Plan des Attaques de la Ville de Lille commençées le 22 Aout et finies le 22 Octobre 1708: par le Capitaine Bruchman Ing.r chez Friex, 1709.

  • 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)