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

Pierre Husson (1678-1733)

Siege of Lille, 1708

Plan du Siege de Lille / avec ses Environs 1708 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: 1:30,300-1:45,000 approx. | RCIN 726009

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A map 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 north-east to top.

The lines of circumvallation and encampments of the Allied army are shown passing through or near Marquette (Marquette-lez-Lille, 50°40'34"N 03°03'58"E), Lambersart (50°39'00"N 03°02'00"E), Seclin (50°37'32"N 02°58'57"E), Haubourdin (50°36'29"N 02°59'29"E), Wattignies (50°35'11"N 3°02'38"E), Lezenne (50°36'55"N 03°06'48"E), Marque en Baroeul (Mons-en-Barœul 50°38'00"N 03°07'00"E).

The order of battle is shown between Noyelles (Noyelles-lès-Seclin 50°34'35"N 03°01'01"E) and Fretin (50°33'26"N 03°08'12"E).

  • Pierre Husson (1678-1733) (publisher) [bottom right, below title:] A La Haye Chez Pierre Husson.

    Pieter van Call (active 1706-15) (engraver) [bottom of title frame:] P: v: Cal Fecit.

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: one fold line; trimmed almost to edge of image; water-stained patch, shadow and some ghosting from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label; foxing

  • Scale: 1:30,300-1:45,000 approx. The town of Lille drawn to a scale of 1:19,000 approx. Scale bar: [no unit given; 30 mm = 6].

    59.8 x 39.6 cm (neatline)

    60.0 x 39.9 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    61.0 x 40.1 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    Plan du Siege de Lille / avec ses Environs. [bottom right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [left centre:] Plan de L'ordre de Battaile de L'armée des Alliés, / Comme Elle éstoit posté dans le Retrenchement, / qui estoit fait entre le vilage de Fretin et Noyelles, / Lorsque L'armée de France vent [space] pour nous attaquér. / Le 13 Septemb: 1708.


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

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil, in Schultz's hand?:] 62. (Verso) [top, right of centre, ink, obscured by white paper strip:] Lille; [top right, black pencil:] 62; [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 50; [right centre, red pencil:] 50; [bottom right, obscured by linen backing, ink:] D. 8; [bottom, left of centre, black pencil, obscured by linen backing: illegible].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lille Plan du Siege de Lille avec ses Environs, et le Plan de l'Ordre de Bataille de l'Armée des Alliés comme elle etoit postée dans le Retranchement entre Fretin et Noyelles, lorsque l'Armée de France vint pour l'attaquer le 13 Septembre 1708: chez Husson.

  • 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)