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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 Mons, 1709

Dessein des Attaques de la Ville / de Mons published 1709

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; some hand-colouring | Scale: not stated. | RCIN 726038

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A map of the siege of Mons, 20 September-20 October 1709, by the Allied army commanded by John William Friso, Prince of Orange (1687-1711), resulting in the surrender of the town by the French. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with north-west to top.

The map shows only the south-eastern side of Mons, with the attacks against the Porte de Havré, Porte de Guerites, and Porte de Berlamont.

  • Eugène Henri Fricx (January 1644-18 December 1730) (publisher) [bottom right, below title and text:] A Bruxelles Chez Eugene Henry Fricx Imprimeur du Roy, ruë de la / Magdeleine 1709.

    Jacques Harrewyn (1660-1727) (engraver) [bottom right, outside border:] Harrewyn fecit.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: one fold line; this item has been considerably trimmed because the traces of only half of Cumberland's cipher label are visible on the verso, bottom right

  • Scale: not stated. The scale for the surrounding country is about 1:12,500; the scale for the fortifications is likely to be larger.

    18.8 x 29.6 cm (neatline)

    19.3 x 30.1 cm (image)

    19.8 x 30.6 cm (platemark)

    23.8 x 34.2 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    Dessein des Attaques de la Ville / de Mons [bottom right, in plain cartouche]

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, below title, in title cartouche, a key, A-I to the town, attacks, batteries for cannon and mortars, quarters, and galleries.]


    George III heading: Mons 20 Sept.r - 20 Oct.r 1709.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [centre, red pencil:] 77.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Mons Plan des Attaques de la Ville de Mons en 1709, 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)

    Mons, Walloon Region, Belgium (50°27'14"N 03°57'08"E)