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Siege of Limbourg, 1703

PLAN / de la ville et Chateau de / Limbourg 1703 or later

Pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: 1:3,500 approx | RCIN 725030

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A plan of the siege of Limbourg, conducted by the Allied army, commanded by Captain-General, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722), from 19 to 27 September 1703, when the French garrison surrendered. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with south-east to top.

This large-scale plan shows the layout of the town, the small surrounding redoubts and field batteries, and the lines of fire from them to the town.

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, 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: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, the figure ‘4’ suspending the letters WR below; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 75

    Condition: one fold line; four gilt edges. Verso: induced discolouration and remains of guard

  • Scale: 1:3,500 approx. Scale bar: [55 mm =] 100 Toises.

    41.3 x 55.0 cm (image and neatline)

    52.7 x 74.2 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    PLAN / de la ville et Chateau de / Limbourg. [top right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top right, in title panel, a key, A-I, to the town, chateau, and church of Limbourg, and to the location of the powder magazines, barracks, breaches, and the places where breaches were being made, and batteries.]


    George III heading: Limbourg 19-27 Sep. 1703.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, ink:] 64. (Verso) [top right, ink:] 64; [bottom, right of centre, red pencil:] 4/33; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil:] 5/[?]; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil, erased and indistinct:] V/[?].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Limbourg Plan dessiné de la Ville et Chateau de Limbourg avec les Batteries de 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)

    Limbourg, Walloon Region, Belgium (50°36'44"N 05°56'28"E))